Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Home Spun comic strip #326
Yes, this one happened. I told them how it would end. They knew the play. And still we spent about a half hour calming them down. It did bring up some interesting talking points. Marina thought it was better that Juliet died with Romeo, instead of being left alone like Maria was. She saw the pain of the loss. This surprised me, but Shakespeare's story does have a very childlike quality and a very immature view of love. I explained that if Romeo hadn't decided to die with his Juliet, they both would have survived. In a real loving relationship, you don't want your love to suffer, but that also means you don't want them to die because of you. I explained how Maria had the opportunity to take her sad experience and make a change in the world. Perhaps she would work to end gang violence, or work with children to keep them from joining gangs in the first place.
It was nice to be able to talk with her about the movie and see it through her eyes. That was one of many moments where I learned that my children don't always think as I do.