Monday, February 7, 2011

Limping along in our table manners

Simone (2.5), trying a sauerkraut dumpling we made using leftover egg rolls wrappers:

"This is dis-GUST-ing!"  Making a horrible face, of course, because Simone can only communicate dramatically.

Me: "Simone?  Can we talk more kindly about food, please?"

Simone switched to her equally-dramatic, super-sweet expression and voice: "Mommy?  Can you please not give me this yucky stuff anymore?"

I suppose that's *some* improvement.

Dragons can be killed

I am in love with this quote from GK Chesterton that I found tonight:

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed."

This is the FIRST time I've read something else that supports my experience with Andrew.  When he was scared of the monsters in the closet, from the time he could say enough words to tell me about them, I was sure he wouldn't be a good fit for movies with anything scary.  Come to find out, watching Spiderman gave him a courage I never would have suspected.  We kept expanding what he could watch, and found that the more he saw Good vs Evil, the more equipped he was to face his own imagination.

Which explains the love affair with Star Wars. :) 

In conversations with friends, I talked about how his own imagination gave him the "bad guy"...but he needed to see those bad guys defeated.  It gave a sense of balance to his ideas of good and evil. 

This reminds me of another quote, that I discovered in my childhood reading CS Lewis: "We read to know we're not alone." Stumbling across written words that parallel what I've experienced or think (but might not have been able to put into words)...is one of the most pure forms of joy I feel in life.

I really need to make more time to read.