When I was a kid I loved the movie Goonies. I'm guessing you did too. Goonies, as you may recall, was about a group of misfit kids who rescue their parents from foreclosure by finding lost treasure. This movie had it all--adventure, pirates, outsmarting bad guys, booby traps, cute boys (major kid crush on Mikey, aka Sean Astin!) and a little smooching along the way. Goonies remains a cult classic and treasure to most of us who grew up in the 80's.
Sometime in my college years I remember meeting someone who didn't see Goonies when they were a kid, but who had recently seen it now as a young adult in their early 20's. His reaction was, It's OK... but it wasn't that great. I don't get why it's such a big deal.
Excuse me? I said. Get out of my house. OK, I didn't say that second part...but I was dumbfounded. How did a peer of mine not like Goonies? I had never come across this rare sub-species before.
And then it hit me....
Ooooooh...he didn't see it when he was a kid. He only saw it when he was an adult. No wonder...
Of course if you can't experience that childish thrill as a child, the next best thing is to experience it with a child. Enter Harry Potter.
I was already in college when the first Harry Potter book came out and by the time it really caught on and the movies were being made I was graduated from college and a single working girl. I actually tried to read the first one, but wasn't particularly moved and so I put it away. As the books and movies became a bigger and bigger deal I knew that I needed to give them another shot, but I made the decision to wait until I could read them with my kids. In some ways this has actually been really hard! Not necessarily the waiting, but trying to remain as pure of a Harry Potter virgin as possible. You guys, Harry Potter is everywhere. He pops up as a trending topic on my Facebook feed occasionally and some neighbor kids even told my daughter (who told me) some major spoilers this past year and I was really upset! Like, I texted the mom and ask her to talk to her kids about not spoiling the books for us upset--ha! (Don't worry we had a super mature, very adult discussion about what they were and were not allowed to discuss when it comes to Harry Potter.)
Without a doubt this has been one of my best parenting decisions to date. It's been such a special thing to share with PSP. We've enjoyed all the post twists and surprises together, we share our theories and excitement... it's our thing. I'm not the type of mom who plays dolls or make believe with my kids. Nor do I feel bad about that--I've never really felt that it's my job to play with my kids. But I do think it's important to bond and have fun with your kids in both purposeful and spontaneous ways. I enjoy doing lots of things with my kids but with Harry it's not just me sharing something I love, it's us discovering something new together. And while I'm usually the one lending my voice by reading out loud, somehow PSP lends me her eyes and I get to go back in time and experience it all in kid-vision.
I'm telling you, it's magic.
Does anyone else feel that there are certain books, movies, events that you have to experience as a kid to really enjoy it? What about seeing the world through your kids eyes now--is there anything in particular you enjoy re-living or experiencing for the first time? Also, what is your favorite way to bond with your kids? Just writing this post already has me filled with childhood nostalgia...sigh.