I'm still taking this week "off" from the blog to continue learning how to care for two little people all day by myself. Thus far, we're doing exceptionally well. I hope you've enjoyed the posts from last week.
I found this photo this morning, and I love it. I love when a woman's beauty is presented naturally and with reserve. There's nothing in this photo that I'd hide from a teenage boy, but it is still tantalizing.
On that note, I've thought much lately about explicit vs. merely-offered impressions. On sentiment vs. sentimentality, as explained in this interview from NPR. Harlequin novels, movies like Fireproof and The Notebook offer sentimentality--they basically tell us what we should feel, a way that is general and somewhat impersonal. Sentiment, on the other hand, provides a foundation upon which one can respond emotionally, but in a way that is particular and authentic. Think the movie Wit or the novel Jane Eyre or even the movie Brothers.
I strive to provide my children with opportunities for sentiment rather than sentimentality. Giving them a chance to experience something for themselves and respond to it in a genuine manner without putting my own spin on it to the detriment of this genuine response. It's rather amazing to me how this already comes into play with my son, a mere 16 month old. When reading a book, I offer a great deal of voice inflection to give emphasis to various portions, move the story along in an interesting way, etc., but I try not to make too many faces when it comes to things like broccoli or any other subject I'm not fond of.
Which do you prefer?
And on a side note, we're housing a family of blackbirds in our bathroom vent. Every morning now, I find myself ducking as I hear the flap of wings, a few bird calls, and some pounding around of bird-body and aluminum venting. I'm eager for them to move on...
Have a lovely Thursday!