I was sold on Babies, the documentary that follows four babies in different countries for their first year, the moment I saw a preview nearly a year ago. Still, when my main movie date suggested we see it on date night a few months ago I was flushed with anxiety. Could we handle a quadruple dose of parenthood and intimate visions of a stage we're clearly not at? Could I enjoy the movie with him by my side?
To see how it went, keep on reading.
We survived. In fact, he seemed to enjoy the film more than I did — talking about the Ponijao, who lives in Namibia with her family — for weeks to come. I got lost in the cinematography and silent stories, but I didn't identify with it because I am not a mother. The movie allowed us to be spectators into a world (or worlds) we're not a part of, and so we enjoyed it for art's sake. We had little to say except "that was pretty" as we walked out. When thinking about it later I realized that while it can be hard to broach the subject of marriage before you are there, parenting and babies are a natural bonding point. Babies are cute. Babies are funny. Babies make you smile. All qualities of a great date night.