We LOVE Rudolph! I mean, it is an absolute classic and a necessity to kick off Christmas! Clarabelle especially loves the movie because of the name of Rudolph’s girlfriend (Clarice) as this is also her “princess” name. However, she has a serious issue with the way that the other reindeer behave.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” she says as she provides her wisdom, “why are the kids so mean and why don’t the mommies and daddies tell them to stop?”
“Well,” I struggled, “they have never seen a red nose before so they don’t understand.”
“But even the grown-ups are being mean! I am not mean to different people. You and mommy aren’t mean either.”
“You are right. That’s because we know that being different is a good thing.”
“Yep, you told me that!” she stated proudly, “Different is special!”
Who knew that Rudolph was so profound? There is a growing trend for more detailed children’s shows to teach inclusion and diversity. Adults go through specialized cultural competence training to learn how to not be mean. Shouldn’t we have all learned this from the Christmas classic? Simply put, “different is special.”
Of course, it is easy to see that the young reindeer learn this lesson and that, as children, we all felt sorry for poor little Rudolph. However, I never really caught one point that Clarabelle brought up….the parents!
Why are parents not teaching their children to be nice? Why are they not teaching them that different is a good thing? Why are they depending on the television to teach them and then being horrified at what is being taught? Do they not realize that the children are listening when they are speaking out against this group or that individual and then mimicking these behaviors?
Why are we not all shocked that the adult reindeers not only allowed but also participated in this behavior?
Perhaps, it is because we, as a society, are still doing this! We don’t need specialized training to be decent human beings! We just need to be nice!
Niceness is a classic, too!