Thursday, March 10, 2005
The Classic: Bambi
On Monday, I took the kids to Sam's Club. I ever so slyly put the newly released Bambi in the bottom of the buggy (that is what they call a shopping cart in TN). I even turned it upside down, so that if the kids did see it, tbey wouldn't know what it was. (I wanted to give it to them for Easter from the Easter Bunny)
I succeeded at hiding it from them for about 15 minutes. As soon as we stopped at the snack bar, it was over. Abigail, caught eye of it, picked it up, and announced to her sisters: "Look you guys, mom is getting us Bambi."
About an hour later, after I had managed to put several other things in the buggy too (including Abigail and Sophia), I started to feel guilty about the money I was going to spend. I put several things back, including Bambi. The girls were sorely diasappointed, but I told them that we would come back and get it when dad was with us.
As we were going to check out, Abigail and Sophia glued themselves to the TV monitor that was playing Bambi. (Aren't those Sam's Club people smart?) It was at this point that all of my guilt subsided. (I knew that I would have to buy Bambi, if I ever wanted to get out of the store) I told Abigail to get Bambi off the shelf again, and after the girls cheered for a second or two, we were off.
Buying a new movie is HEAVEN to a mother. When we got home, the baby went down for a nap and Abigail and Sophia proceeded to glue themselves to our TV. I was able to get some cleaning and other household duties accomplished without any interruption.
Well, later, as we sat down for dinner, I asked Sophia what she thought about the movie. I fully expected some kind of reaction. I was totally traumatized by the show when I was little and Sophia is my most sensitive child. I was totally taken off guard when I heard her response.
Sophia said,"I like Bambi." I happily said,"Good, what was your favorite part?" I thought that she would say Thumper or Flower the Skunk. No, this is what my twisted child said,"My favorite part was when Bambi's mom died." What in the world?!?! In a worried tone, hoping that she could redeem herself somehow, I asked her frantically, "Why was that your favorite part?" She said,"I just like it because I don't want Bambi to have a mom."
Who knows? Maybe my-three-year old was going for the reaction or maybe she needs some serious therapy. Maybe Sophia should grow up to be a hunter and join the Bambi Killers Club. I could only conclude one thing from the conversation, Disney has a conspiracy against mothers. First, they force us into buying their movies with their very skilled marketing. Second, mothers are allowed a false sense of relief when the kids happily sit and watch a Disney movie for hours on end. Then they pump anti-mother doctrine into our kids...think about it:
Disney killed Bambi's mom. Cinderella's step-mom is EVIL, and who knows what happened to her real mom. Belle doesn't have a mom. Mulan wants to be like her dad. The only conversations between Ariel and her parents were with her dad. Sleeping Beauty's mother poisons her with an apple. Tarzan's mom got eaten by a tiger. Nemo's mom.... well, you get the picture. Poor Bambi. Poor Mother of Bambi!!