Jurassic World

Jurassic World Spoiler Alert       by Mike Houtchen


July the 4th it is.  I know because fireworks are banging and blasting all around my house.  And with every bang and blast, Tony, our dog, is going berserk, frantically barking and carrying on.  Shane, my eight-year-old grandson, and I are watching Jurassic World.  It’s around 11:30 pm.

I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking 11:30 pm is awful late for an eight-year-old to be up.  Normally I would agree with you, but it is the 4th of July, and I hadn’t seen Shane for a couple of days, and it is summer break after all.  So, we’re watching Jurassic World, probably for the third or fourth time.  I believe Jurassic World is the best in the Jurassic Park series, and there’s some scenes that still scare the bejesus out of me.  It’s nearing the end of the movie.


The park’s new hybrid dinosaur, Indominus Rex, has escaped its paddock (its cage) and    is creating havoc.  Nothing seems to be able to stop it.  As a last resort, one of the main          human characters has released the mighty T-Rex to fight Indominus.  Along with a            Velociraptor, T-Rex has been battling the beast, destroying the park, and not making any         headway.


Shane climbs up onto my lap.  Taking my cheeks in both his hands, he leans in and says, “I love you Pop.”

“I love you too, Shane.”

Placing his head on my shoulder, Shane continues, “I’m glad you’re my Grandpa.”

“I will always be here for you buddy,” I whisper.

“I’m glad Grandma married you.”

“I am too.”

It’s too dark for Shane to see the smile on my face and the tears in my eyes.


The Velociraptor and the T-Rex force the overwhelmed Indominus toward the lagoon.      Suddenly from the lagoon surges a Mosasaurus, a large prehistorical marine reptile             twice as big as Indominus.  Grabbing Indominus Rex in its massive jaws (you can hear bones snapping), Mosasaurus drags the beast into the lagoon, down to the bottom, down            to a watery grave.


Jurassic Park is saved, and an eight-year-old boy just said he’s glad I’m his Grandpa, and he loves me.  Life is good.  All my aches and pains of the day are gone.  Sometimes, all it takes is saying, “I love you” to make the world better.  Have you told someone today that you love them?  Is there someone you should say those words to?  It’s not too late.  The movie has just started, and Indominus Rex hasn’t escaped its paddock.