You have no idea how many times they asked. “Puh-leeeeeeease can we read The Hunger Games?” To which I always replied in the negative, reassuring them that, when they are a little older, they can read them. They’re just too violent, I was convinced. But my Tall Girl was obsessed. She wanted one thing only, and that was to be granted permission to read that series.
My resolve was shaken when, making plans for our camping trip to Vermont, we were deciding as a family what book we would listed to on the drive. In front of the girls, Alex suggested the the book and shrugged and said, “why not?” That was all the ammunition the girls needed and before I knew it, I had reluctantly agreed to it.
Part of my softening was due to the fact that we have been doing archery at home for the past month. Alex built a wooden bow, as well as arrows, (inspired by the Genghis Khan series) and we have all been sharpening our skills as archers. Static targets have given way to moving targets (things swinging from string), subsequent bows have been crafted, and many an arrow has been broken. Judging from the holes in the siding of my garage (!), I wouldn’t recommend walking into our backyard unannounced these days.
As of today, we are almost through the first book and Katniss fever has hit our home hard. The girls imagine themselves master hunters and survivors like the character, and I have come around to the idea of my kids being exposed to the concepts in the book. Unexpectedly, they are not lingering on the gruesome details, but capitalizing on what impressed their little minds the most. Climbing trees recently, Small Girl asked if I thought she could get to the top of it, like Katniss does. I was also asked if we could learn more about what plants you can eat in the wild, “like Katniss knows all about”. (um, that would be an enthusiastic YES!).
They do have a lot of questions, which I welcome, but for the most part they are captured by the book and even more so by the heroic girl at the center of it. To say this mama has come around, would be an understatement. In fact, you could say I’m feeding the fire now. Behold, the latest addition to their jewelry collection: The Archer Necklace.