Family Life

Michelle Duggar on Life, Death, and the “Bambi” Problem

posted: 10/05/12
by: Michelle Duggar


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The other night, we picked Bambi for movie night for the younger kids. It's so sad in the beginning when Bambi's mother dies, but the kids were really sweet about the way they handled it.

They were watching the movie, and it came to the part where the movie looks so real and the music is very dramatic. I was standing in the kitchen doing something at the sink (our family area is very open so we can all be together) when Hannie, my 6 year old, came running over crying. She grabbed a hold of me and buried her face. She said, "Mommy, I don't like this part of the movie." And I told her, "Oh, Hannie, you know what, if you don't want to watch that part, you hang out over here. Keep your head turned the other way. Or you can go color in the office over there until it's over."

That's okay for the little ones. I know that sometimes the music in the part of the film where the mommy dies can be too much, and they don't know how to handle that. And, yet, I think that's part of life. You know, life and death, and we foster that as a family. The music and the drama in the film, some of them can't handle it. And that's okay.

I let her come over and do something else for a few minutes. After things calmed down and the movie became cheerful and happy, she went back over and finished watching it. I thought, "Oh, okay." It's okay for her. She's ready to watch it again. She was comforted.

Honestly, I didn't like that part either. I told her, "It makes me cry too. So I'm in the same boat. I'm right there with you." We girls are much more emotional about it. The boys are just all about the drama. Jackson's still tender enough, though and I could tell it bothered him, too.

Later in the film when things got happy again, cute little Thumper got "twitterpated". They all just loved that, he fell in love and found the love of his life, his little bride. Even the skunk found the one for him. A happy ending to balance things out.

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