Progress Report & Indoctrination Attempts

My girl is back in school!! Woo-hoo. :) She’s still not 100%, but she’s well enough to return to classes, which is good enough for me. All our preparations are moving along just fine. The refrigerator is clean. (In another word: empty.) All of our laundry is done. (I’ve never in my life experienced this phenomenon. It’s kinda weird.) We still have packing and general house cleaning, but I’m feeling good.

Actually, I’m feeling really ache-y and a little sinus-head thing going on, but I refuse to surrender. It’s mind over matter – right? And what matters today is that I rejoice in all the good things God has done for us. We are flooded by grace and swimming in blessings, so I will not complain. Not one tiny bit.

I want to share with you something else about all our preparations: indoctrination attempts.

We have always been rather conservative about what our kids see and do, in particular with entertainment. (Okay, all my friends who live nearby can stop laughing now!) While I don’t regret sheltering my children from popular culture, we realized this resulted in our kids being rather  ignorant (in some cases completely ignorant) of many of the characters and stories they’ll see at Disney World. So we began a condensed indoctrination program. I haven’t had them watching all the movies, but we have talked about characters and stories and things like that. I don’t want them running up to Grumpy and calling him Doc or confusing Mulan with Pocahontas. Sometimes it’s the little things.

And sometimes those little things can be quite amusing.

Here two conversations I’ve enjoyed recently.

Me: “Okay, so that’s the story of Aladdin and Jasmine. Do you guys know who Anastasia is?”
Ellie: “She’s your computer friend’s daughter! From facebook, right? She’s soooo cuuuuute. I love her.”
Me: “Well, that’s true, but I’m talking about a different Anastasia. This Anastasia was a Russian princess.”
Zach: “I know what that means. That means she was in a hurry! Why was she in a hurry, Mom?”

Part of our “conservative discernment” has also included commercials and movie previews. (Again, friends! Stop making fun of me!) The first time our kids saw an actual commercial (and this was about a year ago — yes, my kids are 5 and almost 7), they both started screaming that the TV was broken. I loved it. Recently, though, I’ve let them watch the previews at the beginning of certain movies we own. Such was the case this weekend.

TV Announcer: “Coming to video Fall of 2007!”
Ellie: “I have to wait THAT LONG?!”

Sweet, sweet innocence.

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