Sunday, March 1, 2009

Deep thoughts

So my kids were watching an old episode of Casper the Friendly Ghost this week. In the episode, Casper travels to Mother Goose Land where he encounters various nursery rhyme characters who all in turn are freaked out by the presence of the ghost.

Anyway, the point is that Casper comes across the old woman who lives in a shoe. It reminded me that as a child I had no idea what this lady's problem was. I remember thinking, "Man, get a grip! Don't you think you're over-reacting just a tad? They're kids for goodness sake!! And I'm sure it's by your own doing that they're there living in your little shoe-house. What do you mean you 'don't know what to do?' I mean, she 'gave them some broth without any bread, then spanked them all soundly and sent them to bed.' What kind of crap parenting is that?" I thought this lady was way off her rocker.

Now, watching this woman on the cartoon as an adult, I realize that I cannot judge her. Some of you may think that 3 children is a lot. Some of you may think that 3 is nothing compared to your 5. But I promise you that there are days when my 3 feel like 30 and I don't know what to do. So what do I do? I feed them the nothing-ist easiest filler food I can reach, punish their butts for some wrong-doing they either did or did not commit, then put them to bed early so I don't kill them. It's only now as an adult that I think that old woman living in the shoe was not only not off her rocker, but she had it allllllll figured out. I salute you, old woman. Your morals are timeless.

5 comments:

Tammy said...

...and so it goes on from generation to generation.

April Perez said...

Very profound analysis... well done!

Scanlon Family said...

It's amazing how all you need is a little perspective to really appreciate classic nursery rhymes... BTW, Congrats on the 5K, really jealous, but I'll get there. I only have until the 4th of July, but if not, let's get our own shirts make that says it's "The Andrea 5K Run! If we can do it, so can you."

Jaymie and Paxton said...

Annie, I'm so proud of you for running your 5 K. You rock!

Kira said...

Amen!!!