Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Petticoat Storage, Always a Challenge

Concert photos have been trickling into our email boxes in the last week, including this shot of us from HB.

Most of the post-show costume work is done. Gowns are airing out, camisoles are washed, and petticoats are stuffed into overhead storage with ribbons to keep them from tumbling down and startling unsuspecting closet-openers with a cloud of fluff.

Bubandpie wrote a comment on yesterday’s post about “the movement away from adult values and didacticism (in children’s literature), toward child-centred entertainment (i.e. farting).” That’s a good point. The values currently promoted in media and school are also a shift over time, not only different due to cultural reasons. I have many fond memories of reading Louisa May Alcott and similar books, which are full of morals and lessons.

“Little Women” made me think about how to “work on my faults” like Jo and Beth. The girls in nineteenth century tales always had their hands busy – sewing, knitting, never slothful, even when they socialized – except for the rich, spoiled characters.

That’s carried over to me today. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I try to get through our mail, fold laundry, or pay bills at the same time. SwingDaddy has pointed out that it’s a bit distracting and wonders why I can’t focus on just enjoying the activity of entertainment. I’m going to need to think about that for a while and figure out how to be a good baby in the 21st century.


dancing dragon said...

V and I didn't watch TV at all during the year that we were roommates, helped by the fact that we had decided to put the TV in a room other than the living room. And that was great. I could always think of a million (more productive) things that I wanted to do other than watching TV. Perhaps some of us enjoy being practical and productive as our entertainment. :) Not that enjoying a favorite show here and there is a bad thing.

bubandpie said...

I think it's easy for modern-day commentators to overlook the pleasure of pursuing a self-defined goal, which is really what "working on your faults" is. Most people are happiest when the things they do are geared towards some kind of desired outcome, and for children those outcomes are mostly defined by adults: pass your grade, do a recital, blah blah blah. The internal moral goals in Little Women on the other hand are identified by the girls themselves and, in many cases, by the readers.

Gunfighter said...

I bead while I watch tv... except for last night... I sewed a patch on soccergirl's Brownie vest.

mayberry said...

great shot of you two!

I just think that men are genetically incapable of multitasking, or of even understanding it. (I guess except gunfighter.) Like you, I don't watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I must be doing something else too.

Lara said...

J. used to get annoyed by that too, that i always had to have something else to do while we watched movies and stuff. but like mayberry, i think of it as multitasking - i can't just do one thing at a time, i have to have multiple things keeping me busy.

and the ribbons are a good idea. i can just imagine some poor bystander taken by surprise when a wayward petticoat attacks!

Lady M said...

Dancing Dragon - I didn't own a TV before SwingDaddy and I got married. I agree - there's almost always something more interesting to do.

Bubandpie - Children understand the difference between real achievements and over-praised drivel. I don't have a problem with pop culture in general, but I wish it gave kids (and adults) credit for having a brain, now and again.

Gunfighter - You are a champ. A multi-tasker, sew-er, beader, and coach!

Mayberry - I have secretly wondered the same thing. Good thing Gunfighter chimed in at the right time.

Lara - Ribbons and little cup hooks. The next people who live in our house will wonder what they're for. ;)