Essays, parenting

The intersection of Pagan Kids and The Mainstream World

We’re generally picky about the movies we get for Acorn, but he has a lot of adults in his life besides us who buy things for him. Somewhere in the last couple of years, he received a copy of Here Comes Peter Cottontail (affiliate link), the Rankin and Bass stop-motion tale of how Peter became the chief Easter bunny after screwing it up the first time.  I am sure that before this DVD, I had never seen this movie – I’d have remembered this (it’s not my favorite movie of theirs; the story really is kind of obnoxious. Plus it gives the impression that the movie  would probably be better if one was on drugs, much like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – the Gene Wilder version – which was released the same year.)

We’ve watched this movie dozens of times, but this morning I was struck by something:

I wonder what Acorn really thinks of this movie. Will he one day ask us why we don’t celebrate Easter? Will it bother him that our Easter isn’t like what the movie shows? Or that his friends celebrate different holidays? I so often wonder what is going on inside his head these days, but it’ll be challenging in a different way to figure out how to answer those sorts of questions.

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