While parenting certainly has its challenges, one of the great things about being a parent to young children is the fact that I can see animated films and not look like a freak. I just recently rented “Enchanted” because, well, I just wanted to see it. I watched it twice, once with the kids.
Later Evan and I worked on a crossword puzzle. Evan loves crosswords, and I love that he loves them.
“What’s four letters for the character in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ that needed courage?” I asked.
“What’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’?” Evan asked.
I was shocked. I’ve taken my kids to museums, we’ve been to Neptune- they eat blue cheese for crying our loud. I feel like I have exposed my kids to as much as any kid can be exposed to. Yet I haven’t shown them a classic like “The Wizard of Oz”? I equate that to someone of my generation not having seen “The Sound of Music”. Shameful.
We finished that cross-word and moved on to another, this one about Nova Scotia. Questions like a seven-letter word for the capital city and five letters for the bay with the highest tides in the world. I had to look in the back of the book for an eight-letter word for the people who were expelled from Nova Scotia in 1755. Turns out the answer is Acadians.
“Looks like you know your movies, Mommy, but you don’t know the history of your province,” Evan kindly pointed out.
Smart _ _ _ - a three-letter word describing my six year old.