Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Job for life

I liked Toy Story 3 a lot, but I disagree with the common opinion that the feeling of redundancy the toys experience when their owners outgrow them is a metaphor for the feelings of a parent when their children leave home. Adam Roberts for example makes this comment today.

I think all of the reviewers who have expressed this opinion are fathers of young children. Speaking as a mother of adult children my feelings are the exact opposite. The toys are burdened by immortality. A parent is only too aware that they are mortal.

Perhaps parents of young children, being themselves young, feel an illusory immortality. Also they imagine that their current work is all they will need to do, and when it is no longer needed their job will be done. But - believe me - twenty years from now, you won't feel your job is done.
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