Several weeks ago we switched from using Netflix to Blockbuster online, primarily because with Blockbuster, you can return a movie you got in the mail to the store and pick out any movie you want for free. The kids have loved going to get new movies each week and it's been pretty fun. Hannah always picks something extremely girly like My Little Pony or Strawberry Shortcake and Spence, well...
The first time we went, we had walked the aisles for several minutes pointing out different movies that Spence might be interested in and he finally chose Diego and the Jaguar Rescue. I tried DILIGENTLY to get him to pick something use, something a little more AGE APPROPRIATE, but he was adamant. Brad told me to leave him alone and let him be, which I did and I have since watched him pick out two other Diego movies and then last night, THE CLINCHER, Blue's Room. I have seriously created a monster.
Now it's true that I am somewhat of a movie Nazi and I freely admit it. I haven't let him watch Star Wars ( I know, the HORROR) and many other movies that all of his friends are watching but truth be told, he really hasn't been interested. He's a very sensitive guy and I figure he'll have the rest of his life to watch these movies so why rush it now and risk scaring the crap out of him? But Blue's Room?
Brad was laughing when they got in the car last night from picking out his latest selection and while I held my tongue in front of the girls, when we got home I pulled him aside for a chat. I told him that I trusted him and that if there was something he really wanted to see, we could talk about it and determine together whether it was appropriate or not. I reminded him that I knew he was getting older and that it was okay for him to want to see different things. The answer might still be no, but it's okay for him to ask, blah, blah, blah. (I will admit that I was a bit concerned that although he's incredibly bright, something might be wrong with his noggin' to make him want to watch Blue's Room. Nobody of sound mind wants to watch that.) He looked at me very seriously through the whole conversation and then said:
"I just didn't want to choose
something that might be inappropriate
for the girls. I don't want my movies
to scare them. So it's okay
if I have to watch Blue's Room.
I think Sienna might like it."
Oh yeah, that's my kid. What a STUD. Have you ever heard of anything so sweet from an almost 7-year-old? I know I get teased for keeping him somewhat sheltered but if my sheltering brews that kind of sensitivity, I'll take it. He makes me so proud.