Bing turned 50 last week. She is not into birthdays, usually forgets mine and Liv's unless we remind her of them. I usually respect her wishes and merely wish her a happy day on her birthday, but this being her 50th one, I thought we should celebrate it in some way. I asked her to give me an idea of what to get for her.
Bing, being a savvy 50 year old, told me that she really only wanted one thing: to see the movie District Nine with me.
Ugh. I had been ducking that particular movie for weeks. But, a birthday wish is a birthday wish.
So, I arranged for Liv to spend the afternoon at a friend's house and we went to see the movie.
Here is the trailer.
It was fantastic. Gory, yes. Graphic, yes.
But, mostly it was thought provoking.
And I feared it to be almost too real. I believe in my heart that this is exactly what would happen if an alien species landed on our planet. I don't think it would be some big global extinction. I think it would be us being our scared selves, so instead of assimilating them into our world, accepting them in their uniqueness and seeing what they could offer to advance our civilization....well...we would end up putting them in isolation camps. Racism, prejudice would surface and cause massive problems.
I told Bing that I wish that we had taken Liv with us, that I thought she could have learned so much from this. But, the R rating had given us pause and we both noted that the reviews had said it was graphic and violent, not meant for children. Well, I'm a parent and I can tell you that I think she should have seen this. I think that greater harm comes to her just being subjected to my brother in law's asinine political and racial views on any given family get-together than in what this movie had to show.
I think that sometimes it is good for children to learn hard truths. This is why I allowed her to watch the news of Jaycee Dugard. While I do not think she needs to hear the specifics of the horror that this child went through, I want her to be as educated as she can about it. I sat down with her and we talked about it. We talked about how the human mind is bent towards surviving against all odds. That this little girl was not ever to be blamed for what happened to her, that she was only doing her best to survive. I get so infuriated at people who go around asking Why didn't she fight back? Why didn't she run away when she had the chance?
Idiots. The human mind is a complex thing. She did what she had to, what she needed to do to stay alive.
I look at photos of her creepy ass kidnappers and just cringe. I think of this monster sitting at his computer tapping on the keys and writing his religious blog and think of his wife being the one who actually did the kidnapping of this child and it nauseates me. But, what I want Liv to understand is that this little girl, this child who was only a year older than she is when she was taken, well....she is to be commended for surviving.
The mother in me is almost sickened beyond words. The scientist in me looks in wonder at the ability of the human mind to cope.
And like most parents, I wanted Liv to know that if this ever happens to her, even if it is someone she knows, that she must scream and flail, yell "FIRE!" Jaycee did all of those things to no avail, but nevertheless, I want Liv to know to make a big fuss, if she can.
I was watching the news this morning about all these groups of people who are upset because our president wants to speak to the children going back to school.
This baffles me. What is the big deal? Can someone tell me?
It seems like a very good idea to me. I am certain that Obama will not use this medium to try to get Democrat dogma into into these children's minds. More than likely, it will be a message to stay in school to educate yourself and make yourself into a productive member of our planet.
And I think it is a great idea. I would have LOVED it when I was in school to have a president think so highly of me that he wanted to address me and my fellow students.
I would love to be sitting right next to Liv when the message is sent.
So, tell me...I am really curious. What do all of you think about these things?
1) What do you think would REALLY happen if aliens came to our planet? (And maybe, who knows...they are already here?)
2) What do you think of the Jaycee Durand case? What should be done with her kidnappers?
3) Do you think it a good idea that our president wants to address our children?
I am so curious and I have a pretty wide range of readers, so tell me...what do YOU think?