In my continuing effort to get my children to see all the important movies that they need to see in order to make sense of their world, tonight we watched ‘the sound of music’. Whether you’re a fan of this film or not, I think it’s just so much a classic that they had to see it.
But I found I was ill equipped to answer all the questions that sprung from it. Questions like,
- What are nuns, why do they dress like that?
- Why did they name Austria like Australia if it’s not the same place?
- What is ‘heil hitler’, who are the nazi’s, why are the Germans in Austria?
- Why is this film so long?
Tough questions to explain to a 6 and 8 year old. Religion, history, war, the inconvenience of similar sounding country names. Because my kids are being brought up right, they’re not haters. So trying to explain to them about a man who hated everyone who wasn’t like him and how he tried to force other countries to accept his ideas, is a tough concept for them.
I’m better equipped to answer questions about jedi knights and the rebel resistance. I’m pretty sure no one can explain why nuns wear what they do.
We got through the ‘Wizard of Oz’ without too many hard questions. E.T went down well, despite a few tears. The princess bride was loved by both.
Fictional fantasies – they understand without any issues. The behaviour and reasons throughout history of people in the real world is beyond them.
And beyond me too most days if I’m honest.