Am I a Bad Mother?

We have a pretty normal, laid back household. I homeschool my 13 year old daughter. My adult daughter lives at home and is a published writer. Maybe not so normal, but pleasant and productive. So does it mean that I’m a bad mother because we hustled through our lessons so that my daughters could dress as the undead and scamper off to the “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein” double feature at our local theater? I mean, really, who could possibly pass up an opportunity to see the best of horror in black and white? The lighting! The camera angles! The artistry of leaving just a little bit to the imagination! There is truly nothing to compare with the vintage films.
I’m looking forward to the discussions we’ll have. I’ve always insisted on my kids seeing films that I feel have impacted society. Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Sound of Music, anything with Gene Kelly (Okay, that’s a personal preference), To Kill a Mockingbird. The list goes on and on. Nothing can change the fact that we are greatly affected by the silver screen. The sad thing is that, from what I’ve seen, the artistry is just not there anymore. Certainly, it can be argued that there are a few good movies still being made, but not necessarily ones that are appropriate for my family! There isn’t a film star out there who can compare with Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Bela Lugosi, Spencer Tracy either in talent or class.
So am I a bad mother because I took pictures of my girls in their black lipstick and Frankenstein fan club attire? Hopefully not. I’m just grateful that they weren’t in their Britney Spears or Linsey Lohan outfits!
What does this have to do with being a Deerslayer’s wife? Perhaps my undead junior deerslayers will be in the mood for totally dead venison meatloaf or some VERY rare seared tenderloin. (See recipes) I think that a family that loves old movies together and hunts together is just pretty damned great.

2 Comments on “Am I a Bad Mother?

  1. Oh, it does not make you a bad mother!!! Not at all. It makes for memories you will all share for many years to come, The school books will be there tomorrow, the smiles will not. Oh, they may smile a million smiles, but the thing that makes the smile will be something different. I believe as mothers, we have to take all the smiles we can get when and where we can get them.

    Oh, by the way, I am Mark’s mom, Liz. I am looking forward to reading your posts here. Did you by chance see the venison recipe in Texas Monthly this month? It looks really good.

    • It’s a pleasure to meet you, Liz. Thanks for your positive feedback on “non-conformist” parenting. I believe we are the ones who end up with kids who are happier, more fun and who become adults that recognize the joys that can be found in out-of-the-ordinary places.
      I’m heading out today to find the venison recipe in Texas Monthly. Thanks for the heads up! I’m always looking for new ways to cook venison.

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