I’m sleeping with Owen Wilson.
Every night, I roll over and hear “Kapow!” and “Kachow!” in Owen’s dreamy, unmistakable voice.
As a reward for my three-year-old’s very first poop in the potty, he brought home Lightening McQueen, racecar from the new Pixar movie Cars, from the toy store. And because we are a co-sleeping family, Lightening, voiced by Owen Wilson, has been sandwiched between my toddler and I every night from 8 p.m. to 7a.m.
Not exactly the way I pictured my first roll in the hay with a celebrity here in Los Angeles.
Even more troubling though, the release date for this movie is June. JUNE. It is not even IN theatres yet and my son thinks Cars and all it’s characters are demi-Gods, gracing his life with vroom and zoom goodness.
Admittedly, because my husband is in the “industry” we get a bit more excited around here for major animation releases. But even at a recent trip to the zoo, where every child standing in front of the Lemur exhibit was singing “I like to move it, move it,” I KNEW we were not the only family with Movie Mania.
My children are still young, so I think I’ve been spared the real mania thus far. In fact, my three-year-old’s first movie IN the theatre will probably be in June. But if he is already pumped up for this new film, what happens in the summer when he sees it on the big screen, but is UNABLE to watch it 45 times a day at home, because it’s not on DVD yet? Will we be spending every Saturday at our local Cineplex? Will it be like a ride at an amusement park where you exit the car with your heart pumping and you race to get right back in line?
I’m not sure, but I’m saving my pennies for those tickets, just in case.
Erin Kotecki Vest lives in Southern California and is a writer and stay-at-home Mom of Jackson, three, and Hala, one. She spent nearly a decade as a news reporter and anchor in Orlando and Los Angeles.