Thursday, July 26, 2007
I'm not a big Shel Silverstein fan.
Yeah, I'm really not. I didn't much like 'Where the Sidewalk Ends', and however many sequels it had (one?), when I was a kid. Now, I think it's kind of cute, and definitely imaginative ... but I found it gross and disturbing as a youth.
One Shel book I have always loved, though, is The Giving Tree. So do my friends. I've seen many copies of The Giving Tree on shelves at various friends' homes, and Lizzy received TWO copies of it for her first birthday. It always makes me cry.
Much to my surprise, I found out a few days ago that my boss hates the book. My boss is a really great guy, and we generally share similar views on most things. Naturally, he's allowed to disagree with me -- don't get me wrong. I was just surprised that our opinions diverge on this point.
His arguments against are that the story teaches people to give to dangerous, crippling levels. I think. As I recall, the word 'doormat' was used.
Funny. It reminds me an awful lot of parenthood.
I'd love to hear other opinions on this.
Maybe part of what shocked me was that I'm usually one of the first in line to be critical of something. Not that I'm overly negative -- at least, not usually, I don't think -- but I've been taught to approach things critically. Sometimes, though, I trip over something dear to me as a child. Something I don't particularly WANT to pull apart. Maybe this is one of those things. I don't remember it being in heavy rotation when I was a kid, but maybe it still fits in that category, in my brain.