Friday, March 03, 2006


We were at a birthday party last week and I snuck away to feed Dagny but could overhear the discussion in the next room. I know that eavesdropping is rude, but listen to this:

The other moms were talking about Mother Goose rhymes and how they won't read them to their kids because they are too mean and they don't want to explain why Jack Spratt's wife was fat and what that means and about Peter Pumpkin eater's wife in the pumpkin shell. Then, the discussion turned to "G - U - N - S". Yes folks, the word gun is too horrible to utter so you have to spell it. Apparently no one wants their kids to even own a toy gun.

Just for the record: (1) Mother Goose will now be read in my house (despite the fact that the stories are too short but the book is too long for before-bed reading) just to be contrary (Mary, Mary), (2) a discussion of the Mother Goose rhymes might be a good thing, thought-provoking, etc, (3) same thing with guns - knowledge and safety rules seem like a better thing than ignorance to me, and (4) all kids coming to Annika's birthday party are getting water guns in their goody pails.


Dorothy Gould said...

It's unbelievable how some parents think, isn't it? Do they think never letting their child play with g-u-n-s will stop them from picking up a stick and using it as a gun?? It's bound to happen. And wait till their daughters turn 4 and are into Disney Princesses,and walk around the house pretending to be Malificent, the bad fairy in Sleeping Beauty. Sophie is constantly reciting the part about her "falling to her doom". We asked her what that meant, she said, "Well, you know, it's like when you go somewhere in the car." If that's what she thinks, who am I to ruin it for her?

Nat said...

Now Steph-- Re:#4-- don't you mean that all the kids attending Annika's party will be getting super soakers? ;)

Dogwood Girl said...

Alright! Rollie loves wavin' around a water gun. Yeehaw!