Thursday, April 30, 2009

Peter Pan's A Snore.

I wondered how long it would be before the Munchkin got tired of the same stories night after night. I always hear of parents reading a chapter out of a good long children's book each night before bed and I wondered how long it would be before we were able to achieve an attention span of that level. Last night the Munchkin brought me her Peter Pan book and said she would like for me to read it to her. I explained that it's a different kind of book and that we wouldn't be able to read it all in one night all the while I was incredibly excited about this new found literary interest. I jumped at the chance to lay down and read with her and she was excited and seemed to grasp the concept of no pictures, story only.

I began reading the tale of The Darlings and how they had to rearrange finances in order to keep Wendy once she arrived. "One pound seventeen here and two and six at the office; I can cut off my coffee at the office, say ten shillings, making two nine and six, with your eighteen and three makes three nine seven with five naught naught in my checkbook makes eight nine seven - who is that moving? Eight nine seven dot, and carry seven....."

I looked down to some sleepy eyes and kept on reading about mumps one pound and German measles half a Guinea... By the time I read about the children going to school with "Nana" her eyes were almost closed. I looked down and asked if she wanted me to keep reading and she shook her head no. I smiled and closed the book, she looked up at me and said:

"Mommy, I don't understand those words." I laughed.

"All I know is they went to school."

I looked back at her and said yes they did go to school, and Mommy didn't understand all of that either.

I thought it was interesting that she could actually understand that she couldn't understand what was being said, but was able to pick out what she could and seriously? Who understands that kind of math anyway? What I do know, is that story was like a sedative and she was out moments later. At this rate it's going to take us until she's 26 to get through the entire story of Peter Pan... Thank goodness for DVD's!

1 comment:

Britten said...

I read this to my kids too and they had the same reaction. While it is a treat for me because I ADORE Peter Pan some of it is a little over their heads with it being from a different time and all.

I'm sure they will grow to appreciate it. ♥