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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Changing Channels


My granddaughter (hereinafter known as Little One, or LO, for short) has the occasional use of her mother’s Ipad.
On long trips or when she has been particularly active and needs some quiet time.
Said Ipad has several movies installed. Good movies. Deemed by her mother and/or me to be suitable for a child her age.
Those of us closeted with her regularly hear most of The Princess and the Frog, Wreck It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero Six, Toy Story (1,2,and 3), Up, WallE, Brave, Monsters, Inc., and many others.
And I do mean ‘most of’.
Because LO will watch a movie closely from the opening credits through to . . . well, let me illustrate.
On a recent trip to take care of errands, she was absorbed in the colourful antics of a little, dark-haired girl with ‘race car driver’ in her genetic code; and a large, lovable troll of a man whose job was to wreck things. The movie was rolling rapidly toward its usual conclusion.
Okay, I admit it, I was absorbed as well.
And, quite suddenly, I was transported to the Deep South as Louisiana jazz filled the car.
I looked at her. “Why did you change it?”
She lifted her head and said, matter-of-factly, “It was getting scary.”
“Oh.” I said nothing more and let myself get carried into the current story: Young woman with dreams and grit and young man with charm and a penchant to idleness on a course toward things life-changing and dark and . . .
“Oooh. Scary.” And once again the program changed. This time to a couple of current enemies and future best friends on their first day of college.
See? ‘Most of’.
But she was happily engrossed and I have a strict policy of ‘never disturb a happily engrossed child’, so I left her alone.
That evening, Husby and I were watching the news just before turning in for the night. And I can think of nothing more likely to induce nightmares than a recap of yet another day in our often-scary global situation.
And, just for a moment, I found myself wishing I could just change the program.
Okay, I know that nothing is accomplished if one simply turns away from unpleasant situations or tasks.
And that if the good stop trying, the bad have free rein.
But, just for a time I wished I could do what LO does. Turn to another program when things get scary. Or better yet, make the scary things disappear entirely.
The children obviously have the right idea.


12 comments:

  1. I hear the wistfulness in this post. I agree about channel changing...

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  2. I think Little One is smart to recognize her limitations and heed them. I can think of some people who would feel better if they did the same. There is lots of good news in the world, but only the bad stuff usually makes it into the media!

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    1. Sadly true, Jenny! Let's start a good news channel!

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  3. You've got a smart one there.

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  4. I smiled at your smart little granddaughter! One of my favorite movies is "Steel Magnolias", and I've seen it many times. Except the end - which I've only seen once. Once Julia Roberts starts getting sick, I "turn the channel"!

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    1. I have exactly the same reaction!!! I love that movie. I cry buckets at the end!

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  5. I practiced a similar policy. Unless there were blood-curdling screams and/or actual blood, I left them to it. Whatever "it " was.
    I'm a bit childish when it comes to news programs, I don't watch for weeks at a time because I've seen far too much of the bad news.

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    1. You are a smart, smart woman, River!

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  6. Just before I read this, the tv my husband was watching aired a commercial for a horror movie. I sang "lalalalalalalalalala" and turned my back to the tvl until the commercial was over! I would watch movies with your granddaughter!

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