Conflict is upon us. Leon has discovered the concept of war, and is apparently now in training to be a knight. Maya is of course in training to be a princess, but should some wicked suitor come to the castle, she also needs to train in battle if Leon is not there to protect her.
The kids have spent much of the weekend “in training” with sword fights, and games of aiming skill (such as roll a ball at a pile of cans to knock them down), and thus winning various “medals”. The top prize to be won is a crown (for women), and a tiarra (for men). Though Maya disagreed with this saying that the crown was too big for her head, and thus they both settled for a tiarra as the top prize.
Leon has not only become aware of the concept of war, but of the difference of men and women’s roles in war. He has been asking questions about whether women can fight in a war, and if they can fight as well as men, etc. A few weeks ago we were learning about “Chinese New Year” through a variety of activities (making dragons, reading about the Great Wall, learning about the New Year animals, eating at a Chinese restaurant, etc), and among these activities we also watched a film called “Mulan” (Disney). A brief summary is that it is about a girl who disguises herself as a male warrior to fight in the Chinese war, in order to protect her old father. It is probably the first film Leon has seen about conflict involving people, and although a little scary in parts, I felt it was quite good (as long as explanations were available!).
And so from this stems one of Leon’s latest interests….