I have two boys that fill my house with love, fun, and noise at a decibel that defies explanation. But the dynamic of having two rowdy kids around is totally different than spending face time with them individually.
That’s why I decided to take my oldest son on a Mommy/Son Date Night, and it was the best decision I have made in a long time.
As a certified Musical Theatre Nerd (note the proper use of the re in “theatre”-see what I mean?) I thought that taking my son to see “Wicked” would be a great idea. So off we went, on a school night and against all practicality, to see the popular musical together.
First incredible thing that happened: My son dressed up on his own. In a sport coat and slacks. When an 8-year-old boy ditches the t-shirt and basketball shorts, he is INVESTED.
Second thing: He held my hand. Willingly. The whole night.
Third thing: We talked. Actually talked! On the way down, waiting in our seats, during intermission. He was fascinated by the grandeur of the set and the lights, the cool ceiling, and, befitting his electronic generation, by the TV monitor for the cast that hung on the balcony showing the conductor during the performance.
I have been to the theater many times, but never noticed the things that he did. I have also seen Wicked a few times before, but not through the eyes of a child (“She’s flying Mom! Glinda is so funny! I didn’t like the long talking/singing part at the end. Why didn’t Glinda just take the book and GO already?)
And the fourth and final thing that blew my mind: As the lights came up after the curtain call, my son looked me in the eye and said earnestly and unprovoked, “Thanks for taking me Mom.”
I sneaky cried all the way up the aisle.
Take your child to Wicked, to another cool event, or just out to dinner. But spend time with them alone, and give yourselves the opportunity to make a really special memory.
I’m glad I did.
Wicked is running at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa February 17th through March 6th. It’s recommended that your child be 8 or older to see the show.
LAURA NIX GERSON is the CEO of Nix|Gerson Media and the Founder of MomAngeles a site she launched because she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. In a past life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is. Laura has contributed to Modern Mom, CBS Local and Babble. Her greatest joy is story telling, sharing local finds and connecting people. Follow her @MomAngeles.