Jadalyn brought me the book which had been a gift to her; she asked me to read it to her. Like good grandmas through the years, I propped her on my lap and began to do so.
The Amulet and the Anthem, Disney, Sofia the First book – Sofia is being braggadocios. There’s trouble coming. Sofia seeks help from Clover the bunny, who tells her she has been cursed. So she seeks more help from Cedric, the sorcerer… When I got there I said, the Bible says for us not to go to sorcerers. She responded, “That’s ok then, grandma, we don’t have to read it.” I grasped for what to do. I decide it is better to read it – after all, I don’t want her to be afraid, or curious, or to wonder what kind of secrets grandmas cover up. So I read it.
Now my comments to you, adult friends.
Why is it that I can accept old witch tales like Hansel and Gretel but not Disney’s sorcerer? I think because I am used to the witches being evil in fairy tales.
But Cedric gives Sofia good advise, so why would he be evil? Creeping crud!
Can I trust Disney? Or, has it become a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
What are the chances that this story would have been printed if Sofia has gone to consult her pastor or rabbi? I hope it would have been okay for her to consult grandma!
Should I have stopped reading when Jadalyn suggested that we do so? Did I, myself, make a decision that leads to a hardening of her precious heart? I fear so. At the very least I should have shown her the Bible scriptures and talked about it more. Would she understand the difference between witches at Halloween and a sorcerer who gives good advice in a story? Do I?
Maybe I need to “restart” a conversion… “Jadalyn, you remember the other day when we read….” That doesn’t sound too hard to do. Give her some armor for all those stories when grandma is not near.