The girlies in my family are a tad vampire obsessed (well, most of them). We all love a good story, especially the tales that contain some mystery, monsters, and romance! Having things to share and enjoy together, even silly ones, is a great blessing in families. My three granddaughters have been taken with the Twilight saga phenomenom, and are all firmly planted on the side of Team Edward. (No, they have not watched all of the movies, they just like them.)
I recently saw just how much children internalize what they see and hear:
Beautiful Paige (4) was having a hard day at Grandma's house, and our conversation went something like this:
|Paige: "Grandma, tell Amber to give me the Belle doll - I want to use it!"|
Me: "Paigey, Amber is already using that one. Here are 5 other dolls you can use, you can have all of them."
Paige: "NO! I WANT BELLE! GIVE ME BELLE! GIVE ME BELLE! GIVE ME BELLE!"
Me: "Paigey, settle down, it's OK. There are lots of dolls to play with. It hurts people's feelings when you take what they are playing with." (Aren't I such a sweet Grandma?)
Paige: Throws herself around, knocks over the chair, starts screaming words I don't understand.
Me: Hugs, "Oh Paigey, let's calm down."
Paige: "LET GO OF ME! [Insert showing of fangs and hissing here.] YOU ARE RUINING MY LIFE! DON'T TOUCH ME!"
Then she falls asleep. Where's Edward when I need him?