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A few weeks ago, I was reading The Story of Ferdinand with the kids. After we read it, I showed them the globe and where we were and where Spain is. We talked about how people around the world do things differently.
To broaden their cultural awareness, I Googled "Spanish Bullfight". The top headlines caught my eye, something about "Bullfights will be allowed on television for the first time in six years". And then I found what I was looking for on YouTube. The children huddled around me and my Smartphone and we watched and learned... together.
(The following images are from Google Images.)
Mommy: See, kids, the bull chases the Matador because he has a red cape.
Mommy: The bull chases him. It's like they're dancing.Kids: Do they hurt the bull?Mommy: No, they just dance together.
Mommy: See, they're still dancing.My Internal Dialogue: Um... what's that poking out of the bull's back?
Mommy: And there's more dancing.My Internal Dialogue: Oh no, that's his sword in the bull's back. Do they kill the bull?
Mommy: So, I was wrong. They do actually kill the bull.Kyle: [from the other room who tuned in just in time NOT to rescue me from myself] What? You thought they just danced with the bulls? Bwa ha ha ha ha Bwa ha ha. Really? [writhing in laughter] Bwa ha ha ha ha...
Kids: [look at Mommy with incredulity as if to say, "I don't care what other cultures do, I'm too young to see that kind of violence."] Let's go to bed.
My Internal Dialogue: Oh... that's why the Spanish banned it from television. It's too violent for young children.