Charlie was serious as we walked out of the store (after, of course, checking to see that they have Jim's book). He and Jim rode off under assurances that I was INDEED BRINGING THE DVD HOME but on a certain fateful bridge something---Charlie's thoughts, worries, fixation on that DVD?---got the better of him and it was stormy and I felt really stupid for not having driven home in the same direction.Jim handled it all fine and told me to stay put at home when I said I'd come to find them. The whole thing had lasted five minutes. Charlie did not ask for the new DVD after he and Jim came back from their ride. After picking it up off the table where I'd left it, he opened the DVD case and pulled out the paper insert listing the different tracks. He gave this to me and then asked to hear his Disney CD. That was the first of three times we listened to it Sunday. Charlie asked to hear "Disney" again after lunch and then after dinner. Consequently, ringing in my mind still are Tarzan effusing about "Strangers Like Me," Mulan sighing in her "Reflection," Quasimodo wondering what is "Out There," Pocahantas yearning for what is "Just Around the Riverbend" and King Louie making it clear "I Wan'na Be Like You." Charlie hasn't seen any of these movies; he's long had trouble tracking cartoons and still tends to misidentify the subject of drawings. He definitely is drawn to some of those Disney songs and, while it's always hard to know exactly how many of the words he understands, I've been wondering if he's been so into hearing those songs as each character is at some turning point in their life, on the cusp of maturity and finding out "who am I?" (If I may overread Disney pop songs a bit. I have been listening to them for all of a long weekend!). In the third round of Disney listening, Charlie popped open the CD player as Julie Andrews was launching into "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and betook himself to bed at 7.30pm. He was soon asleep, without any melatonin, and who knows what songs, and sounds, in his dreams.
You know what I've got playing in mine.