My children amaze me. The other night I was putting my 5 year old twin boys to sleep. I briefly sang a passage from one of the songs from the play “West Side Story”, and one of them said he thought he remembered that song from somewhere (Which is amazing by itself since I can’t string two in tune notes together to save my life!!). So we spent the next hour downloading songs from West Side Story, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, etc.
They LOVED the music, which really isn’t a surprise as their mother is VERY musical and even though I can’t sing I know every word to all the plays/musicals I mentioned above and many others. I was happy that they loved this type of music.
What I was surprised about is that they wanted to watch the plays over and over. West Side Story is a play with complex racial issues and deals with love and hate in an adult way. Phantom of the Opera is a wonderful play and the movie is almost as good as going to see it done live. It deals with a lonely, love starved individual that turns to evil ends in his desire to force someone to love him. My 5 year olds seem to get and understand all these messages in a very grown up and understanding way. I didn’t think there was any way they would sit through an almost 3 hour movie that is portrayed through song the entire time.
Sometimes we don’t give kids credit with the ability to feel, and think through complex emotions and situations. I think they are smarter than we give them credit for (I know I made that mistake). So next time I say to myself – They won’t like that, Ill reconsider and give them the chance to enjoy something that I thought they maybe wouldn’t have loved as much as myself.
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