We took the boys to the museum of science yesterday, and as part of the fun, we went to the 4-D movie playing in the morning - something about shallow seas.
For those who have not attended a 4-D movie (as I had not until a few weeks ago), you watch the film wearing 3-D glasses plus you might smell hot chocolate or Christmas trees or you might feel snow or bubbles as they fall from the ceiling.
Or you might feel like there are snakes hissing and moving around your ankles. Which promptly terrified Squish and led to my husband carrying the poor thing out of the theater.
Bug and I stayed to watch the rest of the movie, which had begun with a momma humpback whale and her calf making their way from the shallow seas back to deeper waters. Bug turned to me and said, "That calf is so cute!"
"I totally agree," I said.
Twenty minutes later, the movie returned to the momma and calf as they gorged on krill.
The narrator said that it would soon be time for the momma and the calf to separate.
"Separate?!?" Bug exclaimed.
"Yep. It's time for the calf to make his way in the world. He's ready, sweetie," I whispered.
"But will the calf have to go to danger? On his own?!?" Bug worried out loud.
"He will be okay. He's big and ready for plenty of adventures - even if they include a little danger, buddy," I tried.
Bug was quiet as the movie ended.
When we left the theater and were tossing our 3-D glasses into the bin at the exit, Bug said, "But what about sharks?!? Will the calf have to see sharks?"
"Maybe. But he will be a grown whale by then. Nothing to worry about. Sharks don't mess with humpback whales. [Plus, my little calf, I love you very, very much, and I am sure that when the time comes, I will be the one fretting about danger and sharks, while you are the one reassuring me that you are grown and ready.]" I suggested.
"Okay. What do beluga whales eat?" asked Bug.