Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A 6-year-old's View of "The Grinch"
I had the chance to sit and watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas with my boys this evening. We had a picnic dinner (now that they are well--thank God) and sat and watched the movie. The boys laughed so hard. Alex seemed to relate to the Grinch. He said, "I know why he feels mad at those kids. Those kids are mean to him. Kids are mean when you're different." He paused to watch more of the movie and after a while he said, "I know I'm different from other kids." I said, "How are you different?" He said, "I talk different and my arm is different and I can't do things everybody else can do." The mother wheels in my brain started turning and I opened my mouth to tell him just how perfect he is but before I could say anything he said, "The Grinch wouldn't have been so mean if he had a good mommy and daddy." We watched a few more minutes of the movie--Alex laughed with Logan (because they think Jim Carrey is hilarious as the Grinch). Then, Alex snuggled up to me, grabbed my hand and said, "If the Grinch had a mommy and daddy like I have then he wouldn't have been so mean. They would have helped him and told him to be nice."
Alex also said that the Grinch's teacher wasn't nice and he (the Grinch) deserved to have a nice teacher like the teachers Alex has. He said, "I have really fun and nice teachers and I don't want to be mean. The Grinch didn't have a nice teacher, either. No nice mommy and daddy and no nice teacher." I said, "You don't think she's nice?" He said, "She laughed at him and didn't make the other kids stop being mean--no, she's not very nice."
At the end of the movie when the Grinch becomes nice Alex's face lit up and he said, "See, mom? Cindy Lou Who was nice to him and his heart grew and he wanted to be nice." He looked up at me with those big, beautiful blue eyes and said, "Everybody needs some one to be nice to them and love them. I have a whole family and a lot of nice teachers." I said, "Yes, you have a lot of people who love you." He smiled and said, "That is why I'm such a good boy, mom."
I am so proud of Alex and I will never look at the Grinch in the same way!