Her Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music
A while ago I read this delightful post and it reminded me to truly embrace the interests of my children. For some reason I had been perfectly willing to embrace my son's obsession with trains and fire hydrants and my daughter's love of the water and flowers, but when my daughter became obsessed with The Sound of Music last winter I had a hard time seeing this as an acceptable interest.
Whatever your beliefs about technology or television time with children, we chose to use both sparingly with our twins when they were little. One winter however when they were both sick and I was sick and I was at my wits end, I put on a movie. Since we have used tv and movies so little with them and we did not yet have our Amazon Prime membership, there were not a lot of appropriate options in our home and mostly out of desperation I put on the Sound of Music. I try to make thoughtful decisions for my children, but in all honesty this was mostly an I-need-something-to-help-us-all-rest moment. It worked.
My daughter fell almost instantaneously in love with this classic movie. She loved the songs. She loved the many children. She loved Maria. She loved pretty much everything about this movie except for the confusing part where the Nazi soldiers try to take away the daddy. (There really is no way to explain this to a three year olds' satisfaction). Soon she was singing the songs, asking for them to be played in the car, reenacting scenes with her brother and her baby dolls. She has many interests, but she has always be one to flit more from one thing to another. This was the first time she was focused. She loved this movie.
As I mentioned, I had a hard time with this at first. A movie? This is what she had attached herself to? But the more I watched her and the more I listened to her, I realized it wasn't just a movie. She loved the music integrated throughout, she loved the character of Maria, she loved the beautiful mountain scenery. The posts that will follow in the coming weeks are my attempt to encourage this more unusual interest through songs, adventures, books, and more. In the end this was a project of imagination and music and a project entirely of her own invention. I look forward to sharing it with you.
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