One aspect of parenthood that needs to be publicized better is the joy of reading/watching/doing things with your kid that you remember reading/watching/doing yourself when you were younger. It's almost like getting a chance to do something again, but somehow for the first time. The awesome nostalgia factor is even greater when it's something that has remained untouched since your childhood - something you did when you were a kid, and then put away or aside forever.
At least until your own child is old enough to enjoy it, and what a happy day that is! Over the past 10 months, we've been reading the Chronicles of Narnia books with Miriam. It's not quite as precious as it could be since I made the mistake (for these purposes, anyway) of re-reading these childhood favorites when I was in my early twenties. Now, reading them again with Miriam, I have to reach beyond my memories of that most recent reading to get at the ones from my childhood, and they're a bit murkier as a result.
Recently, though, I've watched three movies with my girls, completely unsullied by memories of teenaged or adult viewings. The experience was magical.
selkies, so I know it made an impact.
wrong. No wonder Queen Noor got so upset about it. Still, it was fun to see how much of the script and lyrics I could talk/sing along with from memory, considering that when I was a kid, it was around, oh, 100%. And as another reminder of how different my kids' growing up years are from my own, when we were watching it, it went something like: camels, huge mosque-like palaces, endless expanses of sandy desert - yawn, mom, we totally live there.
What have you re-read or re-watched for the first time, again, with your kids? I'm thiiiis close to wishing I had some kind of childhood attachment to Winnie the Pooh. Too bad I hated it. Otherwise, I would take them to the movie, which I hear is lovely. I think that would embody this concept quite nicely.