I dodged it as long as I could. I tried to keep my kids from ever discovering Barney. It was a show I enjoyed as a small child, but one I haven’t been able to stand ever since. But it happened. It was discovered. The first episode we watched I thought, “Hey, that kind of looks like Selena Gomez!” It turns out it was. Apparently she was on regularly after my Barney-viewing days had ended. I know nothing about her except that she doesn’t like talking about Justin Bieber. And now, that she was on Barney.
In the very first skit we watched, Selena Gomez acted out the part of the fisherman’s wife in their rendition of the old Grimm’s fairytale. I couldn’t find the Barney version on Youtube, so here’s essentially the same thing. Only the Barney version had Selena’s character cheerfully learning her lesson at the end:
But let’s be real here. How many of us grew up to be like the fisherman’s wife? Getting angry at society or life or other people for holding us back, despite how hard we were working? Despite what we deserved? Despite the fact that if we looked hard enough, we would have realized we already had a castle?
And at what point did that happen? Does all the planning and preparing that culturally starts happening in our mid to late twenties turn us into greedy jerk faces? Or does it happen when we’re younger? When we’re teens? And we start comparing our have nots to others haves with the most intensity we will throughout our entire lives?
I need to come clean; there are moments I find myself acting like the fisherman’s wife. There are times I am not grateful. Where I want more. Where I forget to explore the cavernous rooms of my metaphorical castle. Where I realize I need to work less, because I already don’t allot enough time to everything I’m lucky enough to have.
Something else I need to come clean about? I’m falling back in love with Barney. It’s amazing how kids will do that to you.