When I was offered the opportunity of a free copy of Fantasia to review, I jumped at the chance. What a fab film to watch with my daughter!
When it arrived in the mail I couldn’t wait to get it into the DVD and get my little one plonked in front. To her repeated queries of ‘Where’s Mickey Mouse?’ I would answer ‘Sssshhh, just watch this bit’ and ‘Quiet, just watch that bit’.
It made me realise I was probably more excited to have her watch it than she was. Which got me thinking, why was I so excited? Why was I so keen to share these old films, cartoons, music, books with her that I had loved as a child?
Yes, it was because I loved them but aren’t we just a little too invested in our children loving them as much as us? And aren’t we all a little disappointed if they don’t? I decided it could be one of a few things (or a mix of all):
1. These are memories we cherish and we want to help our children create similar memories. Memories they will associate with the beauty of discovery as a child.
2. Maybe in this world of nintendo and wii we’re really keen to try and help our children capture the feeling of a time that was a lot more innocent.
3. Having children allows us to rediscover a lot of feelings we had all but lost touch with in our 20′s. Watching a much-loved classic with our kids allows us the chance to reminisce.
So did I do any of the above? Well, she keeps asking to watch the bits with the fairies and the mushrooms and Mickey Mouse – so just maybe. And as for me, well, I was able to recapture a little of that feeling all those years ago when I watched Fantasia for the first time…might just go get a warm milk and pop it in the DVD again!
What would you love/have you loved sharing with your kids? I’d love to know, please share below.
Cheers! Alli x