Now, I like the Curious George series, plus the concepts seem to resonate well enough with our son. However, the more I read these stories over and over, coupled with my becoming ever more experienced as a father, I can't help notice something.
The Man with the Yellow Hat is one seriously crappy parent.
Honestly, how old can that little monkey be? Maybe 3 or 4 years old, tops? Now, I give him props for trying to be a good father figure, but what does this Yellow clad (not just the hat) parent do every single time they go out to spend a bit of quality time together?
YES! I know!!
Now, picture if this were me and Lukas. "Lukas, here we are in the middle of a crowd at the zoo, I want you to stand here by yourself while I go waaaay over there, out of your sight, for 10 minutes or so and buy us some cotton-candy. I'll be back after you've had ample time to put your life in jeopardy, but even though you have only seen these animals before in books, don't get too curious"
It's a no brainer that after a couple of episodes similar to this I would either have my back side thrown in jail for child endangerment, or at the very least had someone call Child Protective Services to have my little guy taken away. But the Yellow hatted dude? Well, he is a bonafide celebrity. Even been in a recent movie! Go figure.
(Lukas, sit here and read while daddy runs out for coffee, but don't get too curious)
And while I am at it, does anyone else wonder what how this guy became the guardian of a juvenile monkey in the first place? Did he buy George at Petco? Or worse, off the black market? I am sure there is a story behind it, but I haven't seen it explained in any of the tales that I have read. I probably should check Mrs. LIAYFapedia to find out.
What I do know is that times have changed, and some things that passed muster for good parenting over 60 years ago when George first came out, could get someone in some mighty hot water in today's day and age. Yet the series is still as popular as ever. Somehow we can all look the other way in the face of parenting skills as blatantly bad as Yellows. Curiously enough. I wonder if our two year olds are picking up on those finer details?
No, I didn't think so.
"Yes, of course buddy. Jump up and I'll read it again."