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Monday, May 15, 2006

Kids and their heroes!


I was babysitting this weekend. My little best friend Smari came to stay at our place and I always love it when he does, because I get to be as ridiculous and childish as I like with him. On Saturday we went to a shopping mall and what did my little friend find? Picture to the left should clarify it! Captain Hook´s boat. We actually went to get some clothes for him, but you know how it is! I saw his face aglow and I am ashamed to admit it: I melted! I argued with myself for a while and came to the conclusion that I hardly have any toys in my place and this is something the kids could play with when they come over.

So I bought the huge box with a child attached to it. And believe you me, it is not tiny. I know that because I had the honour of putting it together. Two hours and a stunning headache later, the piece was finished and I have to admit it was amazing. Everything to the tiny detail was there, even the crocodile.
I got a huge piece of blue cloth and that was our sea and we played. It amazes me how far he is along in his development and the ability to empathize, pretend and switch personalities. It was a delight to see him imitating my voices for the pirates and Tinkerbell. At some point, and I don´t know how, tiny figures of Spiderman and Batman entered the scenario. He had them in his pockets, bless his cotton socks! We played three times and I didn´t get to be Peter Pan once! Not once!

and now for you guys: How did the story of Peter Pan end? Or tell me what particular part of the story you like!
Thought you might wanna play too!:)

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At 00:37, Blogger Sar said...

Wow! (okay one more time initiating a comment here like this and it will officially be a habit). The boat looks like quite a chore to assemble - good for you and your generosity.

How did Peter Pan end? Hmmm. I seem to remember something about Capt Hook becoming intimately acquainted with a ticking crocodile and Mary, John & Wendy returning to their own nursery. I can't remember though if it was the nanny or the mother who could relate first hand to the visit to Neverland.

 
At 00:41, Blogger Minka said...

Sar, I canæt remember either. I am familiar with the many adaptations of Peter Pan, but I could never finish reading the original book :( That is why I am asking!

 
At 03:26, Blogger Doug said...

When Actonbell gets here she'll set us straight. Meanwhile, was the young pirate able to help you find your shadow? I'm sure I've seen it.

 
At 03:41, Anonymous shayna said...

Well... I liked it when Peter Pan was fighting his shadow... well, trying to get it and he ends up in Wendy's room... but I also like it when he fights Hook...

I just know when the time comes... you will be a terrific mommy! :)

 
At 07:01, Blogger Logophile said...

That is a fabulous playset. I love it, looks like so much fun.
My favorite part of the story was always when they went back home. Even though they had to say good bye to Peter. Some friendships have to end but stay in the heart forever.

 
At 07:53, Blogger karma said...

waaaaah! i want one too!

 
At 09:11, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, he´s way to young for my kinda shadow;)

Shayna, my favourite part were the lost boys and when Wendy read stories to them. And why, Thank You! I think so too, a little :)

Logo, right you are. Doesn´t Peter always come visit? I see Wendy telling the story to he grandkids, uh...I think that is teh narrating voice in teh book. I might be wrong though. Actonbell?!

Karma, now you go into the corner and stand there and think about your behaviour. Envy is not something we like to promote in young children. And when you are done, come on over here and you can be one of the pirates! The dishes have to be done and somebody has to get the main sail up!
:)

 
At 11:17, Blogger brian said...

Good morning,
Well you get the honor of the first comment of the week. I never was very fond of "Peter Pan", primarily because I always thought Wendy got a raw deal. If I remember correctly, Peter continues to visit until Wendy is an old lady. I guess too, having never grown up, I find the post-war European fiction to be too harsh. "The Ship That Flew", "The Dark Is Rising", even "Narnia", all deal with growing up and forgeting how to play and laugh and enjoy being in the moment. I love the pirate ship, and the fact that you have such a close and loving relationship with children. I am glad you are a regular visitor to my blog, and I am very flattered that posted the poem in your sidebar.

 
At 12:53, Blogger Minka said...

Brian, maybe it is part of every story to explore one of children´s challenge. I mean Walt Disney always kills off one of the parents either before or through the film. The fairytales do that too in way. Maybe it is the salt of every story. I don´t know. And I also think it is more our grown-up perspective that finds fault, a child sees the flying character and recognizes who is good and evil and who wins the battle. Until a certain age of course I can see the appeal.

 
At 14:49, Blogger Cowgirl said...

Yep, I concur with Shayna. Minka, you'll make a good mommy.

The Lost Boys are my favorite part of Peter Pan.

 
At 16:32, Blogger cube said...

That was very sweet of you. Your little friend will remember that day for the rest of his life.

I know because my daughters loved it when we'd take out the action figures & I would join them in making them have funny adventures. They always bring it up.

 
At 16:40, Blogger brian said...

Thanks for the follow up. I wanted to ask you a question. Pop over and let me know what sex Pat was in my story of last Friday. I was suprised no one brought it up.

 
At 16:45, Blogger Mo'a said...

AuntieMo'a is very proud of you. You do know how to make memories for your little friends.....Smari is one lucky fellow. Your shadow cuts quite a figure....I am a bit green....no need to scold....I consider myself scolded ;o

 
At 16:54, Blogger Kyahgirl said...

You're a great babysitter. You want two more to take care of? :-)

I thought Tinkerbell was just awful. You know, a nasty, vindictive little fairy. I gave my kids some coaching on 'loving' people after we watched her awful behaviour. Teaching moments are everywhere. apparently I didn't pay attention right to the end though because I"M not sure of the answer to your question :-)

 
At 18:08, Blogger Aisha said...

That is insanely impressive!!! Wow

 
At 23:07, Blogger actonbell said...

Wow! That is quite a ship, and you have awesome patience.

Sar's right about the ending of Peter Pan--Peter Pan invited Wendy to come and be the mother to her Lost Boys, and her two little brothers came along for the adventures. Eventually, Wendy decided that her place was at home, so she left Neverland, taking her brothers back to London.
Who narrated the story? That's actually a complicated question, and it depends on the version. Unfortunately, I don't own a copy of the book, but I know that Peter Pan first appeared in a book called The Little White Bird--I think that's the name of it--and the stories about Peter Pan are actually a story within a story that an old bachelor is telling to a little boy. But that's not the version in the movie. I would GUESS that perhaps one of the boys is narrating the experience, in flashback (?)

 
At 23:30, Blogger actonbell said...

I meant to add that--the original Peter Pan story was actually autobiographical! JM Barrie really did meet two little boys, brothers, playing in Kensington Park. Barrie befriended these boys, and became quite attached to them. He created the Pan stories for the boys to act out. Wendy was modeled after their mother, and JM Barrie himself was Peter Pan; he was definitely more comfortable in the company of children than he was with adults. Johnny Depp portrays him in a movie--can't think what it was called--but it was done very well, I thought:)

 
At 00:11, Blogger Kyahgirl said...

actonbell-that is very interesting! thanks for edumacating us :-)

 
At 00:32, Blogger Minka said...

cowgirl,mine too. High Five!

Cube, i sure hope so. But I needn´t worry. From his early days on the two of us were inseperable. Once he exclaimed proudly to his Mom:
"You are my mom, but Monika owns a part of me too!" I´ll never forget that and we do lots of stuff together, becuase tehir is a bond between us that is so special and most things we do together turn out to be great. Beucase it is us doing them:)

Brian, a boy. Definately. Are you gonna reveal the answer?

Móa, I bet soem years ago you might quite a beautiful figure yourself :)

Kyahgirl, bring them on! the we would have one person to enact each character on the ship!

aisha, it had a huge manual in pictures ;) Made teh whole process a lot easier. Although you are always stuck with one or two pieces which you can´t put anywhere and we are already missing one pistol! :)

Actonbell, how eleaborte of you and we sure appreciate the inside. I actually saw the film, with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. I just wasnæt sure if that was an imaginary background to the story or the real historical one! The movie was called "Finding Neverland"
I just looke dta the original book and it is written in an omnicient voice, ...no particular character tells the story in the book. I remember a film version though, were Wendy reads to her grandchildren teh story of Peter Pan and Peter come sto teh window and listens to Wendy and sees her granddaughter. It might just be my imagination though.....

kyahgirl, yes Actonbell is quite amazing to say the least. Some of us would like to call her refi... but she doesn´t want us to :)

 
At 04:25, Blogger SquareGirl said...

I love Peter Pan! I think my favorite parts (these may not be from the play or movie, but one of the other books) are when Wendy gives Peter Pan a Thimble which is supposed to be a "kiss" , when Peter has everyone clap to save Tinkerbell (clapping saves fairies, you know), the crocodile (time) with his ticking clock that chaces after the aging, no fun, Hook (already got his hand), the lost boys being so happy to have a "mother" to read to them, I could go on...it's a favorite of mine. The movie with Johnny Depp is called "Finding Neverland", which I found to be a little too sad for my taste...

Oh, and from the play "I won't grow up, I don't wanna wear a tie! Or a serious expression, in the middle of July!" I have no idea if those lyrics are correct or how I remember them, but they came to mind.

 
At 10:48, Blogger Minka said...

Squaregirl, lovely to see you again! And what an extensive comment. I completely forgot about the thimble. That was sweet!

 
At 12:18, Blogger brian said...

Morning Monika,

I revealed the answer this morning.

 
At 12:36, Blogger Minka said...

I´ll be rigth over :) This is so exciting...I bet I was right, wasn´t I?

 
At 13:36, Blogger brian said...

Thanks for stopping by and the thoughtful answer. I have always been very comfortable with my female side, but I do agree that I can't write as a women. However, isn't the point of writing to stretch the mind and experience another way of living?
If you haven't read my post "Favorite Music and Books"(top right of sidebar), it explains what type of reading I like and why. I am really enjoying your friendship and talking back and forth. Thanks for the lovely comment on Doug's blog. The Jazz post tommorrow will be up by 7:30EDT. See you then.

 
At 14:24, Blogger Sar said...

Monika, your comment on Belle cracked me up!

 
At 14:32, Blogger Minka said...

Brian,you read Pratchett! You already have a spot in my heart :) Loved your music list too, very similar to mine actually. Bryan Adams for example, I donæt find on may lists, but he has my vote!

Sar, does that mean I could make it to the finalists this week ;) No pressure! I liked it too, but I am worried soem might be offended...,

 
At 16:45, Blogger brian said...

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but the way to a women's heart is through literacy.
I love Terry Pratchett, I am doing a post in June about quantum physics and have a excerpt from "Night Watch".
And Monika, welcome to my blogging family.

 
At 19:18, Blogger Minka said...

Brian, thank you so very much. I love family and lately I have started to choose the members of my family I actually like. I kinda got a rotten deal with my birth family...but that is a long story and not proper for the comment section.

 
At 22:41, Blogger Tim Rice said...

Isn't it a delight to play at being a kid with a kid? I hope I always have a little bit of a kid in me.

 
At 22:45, Blogger Minka said...

Tim, I never want to let that side of me go. I am 28 and I enjoy myself most when I am spinning outside with my little friend and our knees start to give and we fall down laughing. One just has to keep at it!

 
At 22:57, Blogger Mo'a said...

Hello Minka, I still cut quite a figure....only a larger one....think of an hour glass :)
Wonderful poem by Brian.....what a guy.

 
At 23:11, Blogger The Village Idiot said...

Hi there Minka, Having put together many of those migraine inducing toys as well, I can empathize with you.

Oh, and one more thing. Welcome to the cult of the Princess Bride

Inconceivable!

 
At 23:21, Blogger actonbell said...

Ah! Finding Neverland. Can't believe I forgot that. And I need to get a copy of Peter Pan and read through it again. It's been SO long.

 
At 02:43, Blogger Minka said...

Móa, yeah he is a quite something that one. I kinda made him write me one though :)

TVI, why, thank you. I am enjoying the club. Are there any T-shirts or maybe even conventions? :)

Actonbell, Thank goodness you are part human. :)

 
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At 12:47, Blogger consise10 said...

Minka,what a delightful thing you did to buy that set for him and you both to play with.Creative minds need stimulus.You sound like the perfect and fun aunt.I had an older cousin who was similar by nature to what you describe. I soo loved being with her!

 
At 14:03, Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

Oooh how my children would love you! Looks like so much fun!

Hmmmm... we haven't tackled Peter Pan yet but all stories are given a feminist twist in this house! No princes are needed, the princess gets a job and makes her own money in order to live on her own terms and she lived happily ever after.

YEAH BABY YEAH!

 
At 15:54, Blogger Minka said...

concise 10, we all are very fortunate we we have one person that we can remember that did such stuff with us. And not just becuase tehy had to, but becuase they enjoyed it as well.

Miz B. Why am I not surprised. I mean your youngest loves shoes, that says a lot. It really does :) I always admired yoru openness to everything and your ability to let others define themselves. Your are an excellent mom, there is no doubt in my mind!

 
At 16:44, Blogger Doug said...

Miz B, like this?

Once Upon a Time in the south of Spain there was beautiful princess. The Princess' land was ruled by an evil democratically-elected parliament which sent a Dragon named VAT to interfere with commerce.

The princess gave yoga lessons on the roof her castle in order to buy fiber and phalli for children until the day the evil VAT came to nest under the drawbridge and started eating the royal pupils.

One day a great Lama came on an armored horse to visit the Princess only to
(Telic cause) be blocked by the dragon. The princess saw this from her bedroom in the tower ran down to save the Lama. She and the Dragon faced each other and the princess opened her mouth and blew fire on the Dragon who flew away. And everyone lived happily ever after.

 
At 17:15, Blogger Cowgirl said...

Lovely story Doug. Now I can't seem to get the image of Miz B breathing fire out of my head.

Minka, so when are we partying in Iceland? I recall something about glowing drinks, a new batch of foreign exchange students, and hot Icelandic that will push us over the edge. ;)

 
At 17:16, Blogger Cowgirl said...

that should read hot Icelandic women...I swear blogger eats parts of my comments sometimes...or perhaps I am just that bad of a typist.

 
At 19:21, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, you are funny! The image of a fire-breathing Miz B. is so befitting her personality!

cowgirl, next Thursday when I get back from my trip to the North of this country. And I have the degree in bad typing. Mostly, because I can´t be bothered to re-read what I have written. I´d never publish!

 
At 21:13, Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

*GASP* I got a story!!!

Doug, I loooooveee it and after a crazy night of teaching yoga it was the best thing to come home to!!! Hey, I should go and post this over at your place!

Hola Monika! You see me with beautiful eyes... a reflection of the beauty that is you...

 

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