As everyone on this site knows, I’m not a big fan of TV, but I’ve wanted to see An Inconvenient Truth since it came out. I took the financial plunge – hiring babysitters, etc. – to take my wife to the movie months after it came out, but we still couldn’t get in. Instead we had to watch a less than satisfying Superman 1,236,423. (Huh, I just realized I never got around to posting about that date.)
So when a friend lent me a copy the other day, my wife and I decided to watch it with the kids. After all, it’s “educational TV,” right? We were all in a good mood since it was on the same day as our park outing.
Lael was understandably fussy throughout the movie, but 4-year-old Seth was deeply into it. He fought to stay awake, because it was waaaay past his bedtime.
Aside: My wife kept saying during and after the movie, “Why couldn’t Gore have been like that during his campaign!” I think the entire world wonders that.
Okay, now to the punch line: Seth has been asking to see the movie again and again. I keep putting the boy off, but my wife relented on a rainy Wednesday. Here’s an edited e-mail exchange we had:
Anne: You want to watch some TV (meaning a video)?
Seth: I want to watch the really long one. (Rummages through the bin). Where’s the really long one?
Anne: You mean the trains and airplanes one?
Seth: No, the one with the kid and her ice cream melts.
Anne: (thinking): You mean, the one about global warming?
Seth: Yeah! That one!
Anne: Noooo ... you can’t even watch that on TV. It’s for the computer.
Anne: It’s Daddy’s. (lists other reasons why he can’t watch it ...)
Seth: I want the long one! I want to watch it on the compooder!
So your son is now watching “An Inconvenient Truth” on the computer.
Love you. xoxo
I’m okay with that, though I suppose he’ll be the world’s most rabid environmentalist. At least it’s not a big commercial.
I wonder why he liked it so much? Maybe all the cool pictures?
Yes, of course. When I asked him what he liked about it, he insisted it was the ice cream cone melting and “some other things” that he felt were for kids. He’s completely absorbed by it. How much is sinking in, I’ve no idea. xoxo
And a bit later from Anne:
I think it says something that Al Gore is able to keep a 4-year-old’s attention. The explanations are clear and the graphics are great.
Move over Thomas the “Cheeky” Engine and Bob “Yes! We! Can!” The Builder. Al Gore, you have a rabid, 4-year-old fan.