|Neither a spaceman nor a British person.
Attribution: Georges Biard
I promised myself I’d post at least every other day but I’ve also promised myself that blogging commandment #1 will be “Thou Shalt Not Be A Rampant Dick Who Snarks for Snarks’ Sake.” I feel like gratitude and perspective are crucial to a well-lived life and I do feel blessed to have a husband, a child, beloved pets, creative outlets, a safe and supportive community, and a life that is mercifully and thankfully mostly only touched by #FirstWorldProblems.
Today, though, pretty much all of my blessings are irritating the crap out of me. So nothing that I’m actually mulling over right now and feel the urge to post about would actually be wise to post.
So instead I will post a random anecdote involving Pre-schooler Logic as to why “The Notebook” must either contain spacemans or dead British people:
Lately I’ve been watching a lot of “Battlestar Galactica” and “Downton Abbey.” What can I say? I love me some stuff blowing up while Edward James Olmos whisper-yells and Maggie Smith being that one Maggie Smith character that you are entirely sure will take down everyone who gets in her way even if she were pitted against Liam Neeson in a movie that’s entirely based around Liam Neeson righteously punching stuff.
My husband and I jokingly refer to them as “mama shows.” Like “The View.” But better.
So I’m standing around making small talk with some other moms about Valentine’s Day. Someone makes a comment about how her partner is out of town so she’s just going to eat chocolate and watch “The Notebook.” Discussion about “The Notebook” ensues.
M pipes up and goes, “Does “A Notebook” have spacemans going, ‘pew pew pew!’ like with space guns or does it have British people?”
An awkward silence falls. I feel the need to fill it.
“Um, baby? “The Notebook” is about a man and a lady loving each other very much.”
“No it’s not, Mama. Mamas like it. It’s a mama show. I bet it has spacemans! Pew, pew, pew! Yeah!”
So. I guess sometimes I forget how much their ‘at home experience’ shape a child’s worldview. And I’m not sure I’m up for explaining the concept of a “chick flick” to a 3.5 year old or turning this into a teachable moment about stereotyping. But I do feel like “The Notebook” would be much improved if there were spacemans with space guns going, ‘pew pew pew!’