Toy Story was the first movie I took my firstborn Trey to. Jonah was home with grandma. The movie has meant so much to us over the long haul. We quote from the movie all the time and it's part of the family vernacular. Trey was like Woody -- he had all the wooden toys and built things. Jonah was my Buzz and always was into the motorized cars and robots. So over the years, my love for the movie has only grown and it's one of my favorites.
When Andy went off to college in Toy Story 3 and my boys were off to college, I may have sobbed. So this week, I'm going by myself to see the new Toy Story 4. Trey's an engineer in L.A.; Jonah's a Marine on deployment; Seth is home from college but working constantly and is probably not interested in seeing Toy Story 4 with his mom -- how rude; and Elle has left the state to go to cosmetology school. My job is done here. But that doesn't mean I can't revisit that life once in a while.
They may all be grown up, but that doesn't mean that I have to be.
I'm off to the vet for the one furry child who hasn't left me. Though I wish...