Whether pulling an elegant carriage or a ramshackle cab, Black Beauty tries to live as best he can. This is his amazing story, told as only he could tell it."). So I hid out upstairs, trying not to think about it.
Here is a trailer to the movie:
When the movie ended QT came upstairs and found me, on the verge of tears. I asked "What's the matter?" With a slight stutter and quivering lip he told me "Ginger died," and with that he broke down into sobs. I did my best (not to start crying myself, and) to explain that while it was very sad that she died, it was just a story and not real life. That seemed to make things a little better, so with a big hug, I sent him on his way to get ready for bed.
I heard TR sobbing before I found him. He grabbed me in a big bear hug and wouldn't let go. I asked him "Are you upset about Ginger too?" He nodded and told me between sobs "Ginger is dead and they didn't take very good care of her." If the boys being upset that Ginger died bothered me, TR's comment broke my heart. I want them to think there is good in the world and not to notice all of the bad just yet. I want them to think everyone takes care of their animals like mom and dad do, and nobody or animal anywhere is mistreated.
I tried again to explain to him that it was just a story and not real life, which he understood. It just really bothered him that the horse was mistreated. I told him that I was proud of him for realizing that Ginger was mistreated and that he knew that it was wrong to treat any animal like that. I shared with him this quote from Black Beauty, which is actually one of my favorite quotes ever: “My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” ~Anna Sewell I tried my best to explain to him that we should always try to prevent wrong doing when we see it because if we don't, we are just as wrong as the wrong doer.
I am happy that they are growing up and able to comprehend what they are seeing and hearing, and willing to come to me when something bothers them. I'm glad (to an extent) that they cried when Ginger died. It tells me that they are compassionate and hope nothing ever happens to change that!
The Cowboss and I are currently compiling a list of movies and books to not watch or read with the boys. So far it includes Where the Red Fern Grows and Old Yeller. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions of sad stories to avoid. This mama can't handle too much of this!