I used to watch a cartoon called ‘Fractured Fairy Tales’ when I was a kid. Puns everywhere. It is the kind of cartoon I enjoy watching even now.
I don’t know if it was this cartoon that inspired my telling of the ‘Three Bears’ fairy tale to my son. I do know that he was truly frightened of Goldilocks for many years. Here was a girl who would come uninvited into your house to eat your food and break your stuff! He found it frightening. I probably should have read him a standard version from a children’s book…a version where Goldilocks ran away, afraid of the bears.
I think back often about the stories my children liked me to tell them or read to them. Sitting on the couch reading to them, or telling them stories was one of my favorite parental responsibilities. No, make that one of my favorite parental privileges.