Not having had a Danish upbringing, there are a few childrens' phenomena I've had to do some catching up on. Like Bennys Badekar (Benny's Bathtub). A cartoon movie from 1971 that all Danes around Mikael's age have imprinted in their brains as a quintessential part of their childhood. I told one of the employees and Halfdan's daycare that I'd never seen it, and she just couldn't have it. She lent me her own private copy, and we've watched it pretty much non-stop since. I love it. It's beautiful, the music is lovely, and I love seeing how my kids love it too.
There are a few things I'm sure other people would find objectionable, like this song with naked mermaids. But the song and text is quite charming.
This song is just great. I love the melody; it's so beautiful it almost beings a tear to my eye. Though the drawings are quite simple, I find them just so artistically lovely, and well composed - it's a real visual treat. I wish I'd known about this movie sooner.
Yesterday started out well, then it turned into an absolute jumble. I find myself looking at this movie, and thinking back to the Denmark that once was. It's changed an awful lot. Also in the 13 years I've been here. It's become a hostile environment for free thought, for people coming from the outside in, despite the fact that Denmark boasts of its global prowess, exporting design, beer and whatnot. Denmark has had a tough time adjusting to this change, especially thanks to some specific political parties. They're trying to hold on to a Denmark that no longer is, and a world that no longer is, with a blind eye and an iron grip. I would like to tell them to watch a movie like this if they want nostalgia, and then to keep it out of the parliamentary proceedings.
As Darwin said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
On top of the Danish People's Party's antics, my son's Kindergarten is in a state of dissolution. They're letting one of the most brilliant people in child care in Copenhagen slip away. And I've got to stop it. Pulling off my civilian clothing and donning my super hero garb now...