Mom, can I watch Bambi?
ME: Welll….I don’t know.
MOXIE: Why? Why can’t I watch it?
ME: Well, it’s a little sad in the beginning because…
MOXIE: I know. Bambi’s mom dies.
ME: It’s very sad.
MOXIE: Mom, come on. The mom dies in, like, every Disney movie. Like, the moms die all over the place. It happens.
ME: That’s true.
(I paused here thinking this was A Teachable Moment.)
Do you know why they kill the moms?
(I paused again because A) this was not the exact direction I wanted A Teachable Moment to take and B) I didn’t actually know the answer to why Disney kills all the moms. Moxie rolled her eyes, very teenage-like for her seven years.)
Duh. Because the moms are the most important. Because they’re the ones that birthed the other characters.
ME: Uh…right…and that means that Bambi, or Snow White, or Cinderella has to work harder to…uh…
MOXIE: I know. I know. I just want to see the rabbits.
ME: Ah. Okay then. You can watch it.