Dark Side of the Yellow Brick Road

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How do you explain the essence of "Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon played to The Wizard of Oz" phenomenon to a 12-year-old? She wants to understand it, she has great rhythym, a hearty sense of humor, and sits before the computer, watching this.

The idea of revealing that a person can become screwed-up by intoxicants which allows an altered state of reality has come to bear down on my mothering skills. Am I supposed to explain this to her now? She's too young, I answer. I remember reading (and believeing by experience) that children cannot understand concepts which they are not ready to understand. This often comes up when parents ask themselves: "what do we tell Jonnie when he walks in on us?" In other words, the story of the birds and the bees is just that, about small flying garden creatures, not about what happens in real life, in a childs' eyes, until the time that they can grasp the concept, no matter how clear and/or medical the language used becomes.

Reenter my tween, closely watching Dorothy and listening to David Gilmour yelling while she falls into the pigpen on the computer monitor. "I don't get it Mommy, how does this go together?" She wants to load the Floyd cd onto her ipod. That's a good thing. She goes off to dig out our ancient VHS movie of OZ, another good thing.

I would love to sit back and listen to these two perfect productions played together, and let my mind wander to a place where nothing interrupts, where I don't have to ask how or why they work in unison. But then I'd still need to consider her question. Wait, she saw some shiny keys, no, a butterfly passed by the window... and now she's off to other pursuits, and I am, gratefully, off the hook. The question has been answered. She's not ready to undersatand it. Phew!


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