There was an unfortunate fire a few blocks from here, whereby a father and four children died in a New Year's morning fire, and it became a short topic this morning with the wife, and once again when we passed by the apartment complex where the Police and Fire Department were still on location, gathering their info and investigating the scene.
One thing I've never really shied from with the kids is telling them certain truths, and this case was really no different. I told them that the family got caught in a fire, and they died. I know some parents really wince at the idea of this kind of honesty, that perhaps I should maybe not tell them quite everything. A child's innocence is something to be valued, and should be shielded from the world's ugly truths as long as we can keep their world view candy coated.
Well, I can't really subscribe to that thinking completely, I guess there's a line somewhere in there that I like to fudge around. I try not to scare them too much of all the things that could happen to them, but I do enlighten them that if you don't watch the road, cars could hit and kill you. If you talk to strangers, that some of them can be bad people who might hurt them and take them away. That when Zoe sits on the banister on the top of the stairs, she could fall and break her spine and not be able to walk or could die. And in this case, that if we're not careful with fire, people could get killed. All that seems like a very harsh thing to tell 6 and 7 year old kids, but I feel like it's responsible for a parent to inform their children that these are truths of the world. If I'm going to let them watch children's programs where there are bad people or adversaries, I feel that it is important for them to know the major dangers around them at least. So
Incidentally, watching Max Fleischer's Superman cartoons right now. The animation holds up extremely well, there's quite a level of detail especially impressive with the facial expressions and such. There's quite a cinematic feel to the animation, although some of the stereotypes are painfully embedded into the cartoons. Lois Lane seriously toes that line between bravery and utter idiocy as she seemingly gets herself into trouble time and again. This version of Clark doesn't seem as goofy as the Reeve version, more of a boring straight man who happens to be Superman.
Anyhow. Back to Superman beating some Nazis disguised as African savages.