By sandi | February 26, 2008
Thanks to Patty the girls had a stack of new videos to watch while Mimi was sick. These were movies that her daughter had outgrown and thought that our girls would like them. She was right. Mimi’s favorite is Balto 2, Annie’s favorite is Air Bud and Kimmie’s favorite is Ice Age.
Our older girls have just recently gotten into and began to understand longer cartoon movies and “adult” movies. We have never watched adult tv around them or watched movies that were not kid movies around them. In my opinion, I like that they are sheltered a bit from the world. Sure it isn’t “real world” experience but I think that they will get that in time. I believe fully in giving them a childhood and I believe that mature situations alter that “childhood” state of mind.
Annie was watching Air Bud and was really into the storyline. She had an understanding of what was going on. At the part where the boy steals Buddy back from the clown guy and takes him and drops him off in the forest and tells him he doesn’t love him and to go now. She began crying. This was definitely her first movie where she cried over the plot. She was so upset that the boy didn’t love Buddy anymore. She couldn’t understand why the boy was doing this. She thought that the boy should have the dog and the mean man shouldn’t, period. Which, by the way, is what happens at the end of the story. She was very relieved by the ending and still upset at why the boy would do that. No matter how we explained it to her she just couldn’t see why he would tell someone he loved that he didn’t love them.
It was an interesting experience to say the least. In one moment her sensibilities were shaken. I am still not sure four and a half was the right age for that break down. Yes, I know I am over thinking this but allowing my children to be vulnerable to the outside world will always be a struggle for me.