I LOVE movies, musicals and theatre. I plan to share this love with Sadie. Well, yesterday I woke up and turned on the tv. One of the many versions of Annie was on so I started watching and singing along (of course).
Then, I started thinking. Do I want Sadie to see this show? The depiction of an orphanage is just awful. Ms. Hannigan is such a meany. She tells the kids that no one loves them. They are made to clean the place. They skip meals. All Annie can think about is finding her parents. Oy.
Then I started thinking about my favorite Disney movie, The Rescuers.
I have always loved this movie but what would Sadie think of Penny the orphan? Penny is so sad and wants desperately to be adopted. A couple comes to look at her and then chooses another little girl. Now, I know that after her adventures, Penny is adopted by a nice mom and dad (hope I didn't just spoil that for anyone), but still.
I plan to be a responsible parent. I'm going to have to start watching these plays and movies with a new set of eyes. I certainly don't plan to keep Sadie sheltered, but I don't want to expose her to anything, especially something that is meant to entertain, that could hurt or confuse her. I guess I'll have to wait until she is old enough to understand that it is just a movie or a show. That it is not real and it is not like the orphanage where she spent the first year + of her life. Now that I'm thinking about all of this, I wonder what other movies, plays and even books are out there I need to worry about.