It's hard to imagine, but sometimes Jackson gets annoyed with his little brother. So to give each of them some breathing room, attend an event that I wanted to and to spend some quality time together before summer winds down, Jack and I went out last night for "guy night."
We drove north past the airport to Platte City, an old river town and the county seat of its county. As we cruised down main street, even Jack thought this historic church looked cool, with ivy growing all the way up to the roof and birds flying in and out of the belfry.
We stopped by a Northwest Alumni Association picnic to see Coach Dorrell (the head football coach), some other friends and for something to eat.
Then it was off to see "Brave," a new Disney/Pixar movie. "Set in the highlands of 10th-century Scotland, a skilled archer defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in the kingdom. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late." It was the first movie just the two of us have gone to see together since "WALL-E" four years ago.
I let Jack choose anywhere he wanted to sit and, although we were the first ones in the theatre, he picked the very top row. I put the armrest between us in the upright position and he sat right up against me for almost the whole movie — especially the scary parts. He loved the movie. On our way out, we put a dollar in the photo booth for a special souvenir.
Because Jack had opted not to get any treats at the movie theatre (not even Junior Mints!), our last stop was at Dairy Queen so he could get the "Blizzard of the Month."
He was stuffed ... and it was a great guy night.