I have always loved Enid Blyton. Always. Malory Tower, The Twins at St Clare's, Amelia Jane, The Faraway Tree, The Famous Five, The Secret Seven...endless books that carried me through my childhood.
I was completely delighted when the eldest pixie became enthralled by the stories too and we are really enjoying reading together.
Until Naughty Amelia Jane. Quite an innocent read, as I remembered. Toys and a big naughty doll. But all the stories seem to follow the same pattern:
Amelia Jane plays tricks, pisses the Toys off, gets punished, says sorry, and does new naughty bad things in the next story.
One paragraph, describing Amelia Jane after leaving her shoes outside in the rain:
"...what you want is a good smacking." And they turned her over and gave her such a smacking that she cried a puddle on the floor.
I know the book was written in 1946 and discipline back then probably did mean a good hiding, but seriously? What kind of a message does it send to our children?
Trying to parent in a gentle way, and telling our children that hands are not for hitting, kind of goes out of the window.
When I read the above, I felt sick in my stomach. It's only about a doll, but still. Pixie's face was a little white too.
So we are still reading the books, but I am omitting some of the phrasing about smacking and punishing.
My latest crochet projects. I re-did my hat. Because it was crap. It looked like a parachute.
I'm rather pleased with the flower on my hat.
Still can't read patterns though :)