So, this past week the main thing I said "yes" to that didn't come naturally and that I wanted to say "NO!" to was The Hunger Games. Hunter, age 8, and I had decided that I was going to read the book aloud so that when the movie was showing at the $2.00 theater (oh how I love that place), we'd go see it together. Well, much to my surprise, Ronin, age 6, wanted to listen in on the book too. At first I met her request with a resounding, "Not a chance." After all, she's just a little girl. And this was a book about kids KILLING EACH OTHER. But then I wondered why it was okay for Hunter to hear it and not her. Then I thought of all of the "Doctor Who" episodes she had been watching and how The Hunger Games really isn't that much more disturbing than some of the stuff I've noticed playing on the television. And finally, I was reminded of the time she decided to take herself off of "Doctor Who" for a while because it was giving her nightmares... then she picked it back up again when she felt her psyche was ready.
If she could moderate her "Doctor Who" consumption, she could do the same regarding The Hunger Games. Right?
After checking with her dad to make sure he was okay with it, I started reading it aloud to both of them. So far she's a little bored and wants to know when the killing is going to start. So far she's been inspired to get out her archery set and practice shooting her bow and arrow when ever I'm reading aloud. So far, she's not even a little bit disturbed.
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