With Purim around the bend, I thought I’d get Freida familiar with characters from the Magillah and peak her interest with the gist of the story. One morning this week we whipped out some card-stock, markers, and old discarded toilet paper rolls (which made these guys super easy for her little hands to grasp), and got on the Purim-puppets bandwagon (yes, I know Queen Esther looks like a transvestite – it was 7am!!).
She knew a bit about Purim from some songs (and by “a bit” I mean she knew Vashti had pimples and we yell at Haman), so I thought I’d clear a few things up with here. Boy, was I ever in for a surprise… She was so disturbed from the tiniest little hint of hatred in the story. She couldn’t handle the fact that we don’t like Haman, and she really didn’t want to contend with discarding Vashti just because she wasn’t all that pretty. She kept going in to grab Haman and give him a big hug! I was so shocked!! Here I thought I was being a good mom and teaching my little love about the Persian miracle, only to wind up feeling like I left her in the wake of utter disturbance…! And believe me, I didn’t teach her anything meagerly grave – in our version, Haman was sentenced to a time-out.
After I finished up that awkward little class, she wanted to Skype my mom and do her own puppet show for her. In the middle she started giving Haman and Vashti hugs, so my mom gave the explanation a shot. It came out like this, “Haman was mean to us, that’s why we don’t like him anymore.” Really? Is that what I’m teaching her? I mean I know that concept is important, but should I really be teaching her that at 2 years old? Anyways, the fact that it didn’t go down so well taught me a good lesson in parenting… But at least she had fun with these little guys!
For now we’ll just have puppet free-play, sing happy songs, and try again next year. :)