Allen told me about an interaction he had with someone. It made me sad, and not just because I'm a teacher.
The song "All-Star" by SmashMouth came on the radio.
Guy: Hey, when you hear this song, don't you immediately think of "Shrek?"
Allen: Oh yeah, totally.
Guy: Yeah, that's how you know you're a parent. You associate songs based on what kid movies they are in.
Allen: Well, I've seen Shrek, but my kids haven't seen it.
Guy (shocked): Seriously?
Allen: Yeah. Ruby only watches about twenty minutes of Curious George before she gets tired of it. Then she goes to read a book. She actually likes reading books more than watching videos.
Guy: Hmm. You might want to get that checked out. That's not normal. Kids love TV.
Hey, nothing wrong with watching TV on occasion as a kid or a grown up. And I'll be the first to admit that when life gets crazy, Ruby gets to watch a lot more videos. Example: we just moved and have a newborn. A couple hours of Baby Einstein videos? Okay! Example: Mommy has stomach flu. Watch Elmo on Youtube? Go for it! Example: We are on an airplane. Bring it!
But if it isn't normal for kids to prefer books to TV, then I don't want "normal." I'll take literate and abnormal, thanks!