Do you know why movie theater popcorn is so expensive? Because it is worth it.
I’m not sure if that is true, but it might be. That is good enough for the top Republican Presidential candidate, so it’s good enough for me.
No one loves movie theater popcorn more than my son Dawit. Since we adopted him in 2011, he has left a lot of Ethiopia behind. But it seems like anything to do with food still takes him back to his home country.
When we find an Ethiopian restaurant, it becomes a popular destination for us. One thing many people don’t know about Ethiopia is that they do coffee ceremonies that rival the British afternoon teas.
Since they are in the home of coffee, Ethiopians will roast green coffee beans in a metal pan and then crush the freshly roasted beans in a mortar and pestle and use a French press to make coffee. The most unique thing about Ethiopian coffee ceremonies is that popcorn is often served alongside the coffee.
Since he became part of our family at four years old, Dawit has begged for coffee whenever his mom or grandparents enjoy a cup. He also loves popcorn. Like I said at the top, no popcorn is better than movie theater popcorn.
Last week he got to enjoy some popcorn while enjoying “The Good Dinosaur.”
The popcorn brought nothing but smiles as he ate one handful after another. The movie was good, but it brought anything but smiles.
By the end, I was wondering why I spent so much money to make my family cry.
If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want me to ruin it for you, turn back to the sports section now.
The movie is about a green dinosaur that has a southern accent and works on a farm with his other brontosaurus-type family members. If you want to hear Sam Elliott’s cowboy voice come from a tyrannosaurus rex looking dinosaur that wrangles longhorn cattle, this is the movie for you.
In the movie, the humans can’t talk but the dinosaurs can. The little green guy loses his father thanks to the escapades of the human boy. The two become unlikely friends as more events bring them together.
One moment in the film that connects them emotionally featured the two using sticks to tell their family story. The little human boy is an orphan. The dinosaur had lost his father and needed to get home to the rest of his family.
Just as the two made it almost back home safely, another human family appeared. The dinosaur wanted to keep his friend with him, but – with uncommon wisdom for an animal with a walnut sized brain – he knew the little boy should go with the humans.
As they had when they told each other their own family stories, the dinosaur put the boy with the family and drew a circle around them to indicate they were the boy’s new family.
They were sad to be parting but they knew they had made the best decision.
When Dawit saw the orphan boy join his new family, the emotions were more than he could handle. He began to cry. I don’t mean sniffling and wiping away tears. It was a full force ugly cry with hands over eyes that were dripping tears over snot bubbles.
I scooped up my little guy and comforted him. He was happy for the boy, but all of the situations that brought Dawit to his new family overwhelmed his senses as he experienced the boy’s story on the big screen.
Dawit’s mom and brother also teared up as did several people around us in the theater. It was emotional.
Note to self, know the content of movies before you pay to see them. We aren't a family of dinosaurs farming the ground, but Dawit does know what it means to be an orphan and he is very happy to have his family. We're pretty excited to have him too.
It was so sweet to see his reaction to the movie that I find myself wanting to draw circles around him every day just so that he gets reminded about his position in our family. After a rough start to life, Dawit has lived with us longer than he has lived any other place.
And he's not going anywhere, even if a kindly dinosaur happens by.