Thursday, April 17, 2008

fish heads

Was hanging out with my friend Amy and her son Brighton a while ago. We were in the backyard. To occupy him, Amy started an imaginary activity: "Fishing". Apparently, this is an activity started at a class he goes to--the entire script of it. Anyway, it involved "fishing" pretend fish out of puddles. Here was the interaction.
B: "I'm fishing for Nemo!"
A: "Did you find him?"
B "Yes! Here he is!" (Brighton yanks on his "line" and pulls out the "fish". "I'm going to eat his head!"

Needless to say, I was a little shocked that we were witnessing the gruesome end of a star of a Disney movie. Apparently B has not seen Nemo--but I would guess some kids in his class have. What was the instructor thinking?
Am I just too sensitive? Yes, I want my child to understand where our food comes from, but I don't need to anthropomorphize our entrees that much.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Plus, fish heads aren't eaten nearly as often as other fish parts. Wouldn't it have been more practical to teach them to skin and debone Nemo, then roast him with a spritz of lemon before eating? Just saying.