I do enjoy discovering how my kids really see their worlds — so much going on in their minds and social lives is private, especially for my private older girl. (I said “private,” not “quiet” — right now she is downstairs entertaining her sister by screaming like Pee Wee Herman.)
Violet was getting ready for her guitar class, which she takes with 3 other homeschoolers — very nice kids, btw. The other kids are all boys, which she is fine with. The assignment was to learn a song to teach to the other kids. Violet could not choose the right song. Taylor Swift? Too girly. A Beatles song? She has a running “thing” with a kid in the group who says the Beatles (whom she loves) are lame, and didn’t want to start that again. Finally I said, “Honey, none of the other kids are at home worrying whether you are going to like their song.”
“I know,” she said, “That’s because they’re boys.”
p.s. She chose “You Belong with Me,” and I haven’t heard whether the boys complained. I’m guessing it was a non-event.
My kids love listening to Christmas music on the radio in the car — and with this snow, boy have we had some long car rides. Yesterday as we were driving we listened to “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” At the end, Violet said, “You know, that doesn’t make sense. Why would all the reindeer love Rudolph because his red nose could guide Santa’s sleigh?”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well,” she answered, “wouldn’t it be more likely that if Santa put him at the front of the sleigh the other reindeer would really hate him and ostracize him even more?”
Oooookay then. Merry Christmas to you too.