Here's the thing(s): I know my children. Also, I have read a fair number of books. I am fond of matching books to people, in the hopes that the book will bring the person in question joy.
However, I long ago reached the point at which any book I recommended was rejected out of hand by my children. Of course.
The same is true, also of course, with any knowledge, information, or advice I might be trying to offer them. Anything from "Oh, I think that charger cord doesn't work" to "I think finding someone to help you with your organization skills might help." Rejected!
Granted: These are annoying things to hear. I know that. I annoy myself when I say them. And they are always, always either ignored or more actively contested. My response, even internally, is understanding and acceptance. Because it is my fate, I realize, to be ignored/defied/shrugged off.
Which is when I realized who else is like that. That's right, Cassandra, baby. Fated to see the future, and have no one ever believe her. Do you know what Cassandra sounds like? She sounds like someone's mother.
Problems With This Theory:
- It is possible that book recommendations for my kids are not the exact same as the gift of true prophecy.
- As far as I know, my (and every other parent's that I know) inability to be believed does not (probably) result from denying Apollo the pleasure of sex.
However, it is really, really annoying to try to (subtly!) foist a book (or belief system) on my child, only to be denied and denied and denied, until some other person comes along and toss off "Hey, have you checked this out?" upon which my child falls upon it hungrily.
Petty? Of course. Childish? You betcha. Inevitable? Apparently. And all of it makes me thing that Aeschylus was for sure writing about either his parents, or being one. Of course he was! He knew! He wrote like someone who knew the feeling, did he not?
And the bitter irony here, of course, is that no one will believe this.
5 thoughts on “Half-baked riddle: Which Mythic Greek Figure Is Like Your Mother? Or Maybe Your Father?”
Me! I do, I believe it!!! Your timing with genius post is a little spooky…thank you!
I love this! Ahhh… that explains it!
You once said that if you suggested that your children read a book, it was as if you said: “Read this it’s made of maggots!”
And that is my life. I am a children’s librarian. I thought that one place where I would ace parenting was in suggesting books, but this turned out not to be the case. I am totally Cassandra, except for that stuff about Apollo.
Also here is a link to a poem called Irritating Sayings to which the line: “Read this book you will enjoy it” should be added.