It started innocently a month or so ago.
I shared an episode of "Sherlock" with my kids.
And then, 1 episode of "Downtown Abbey", Season 4.
Hooked, I tell you. HOOKED! My kids became hooked on British TV with the introduction of these two shows. "Dr. Who", followed. For weeks. And weeks.
So much TV. Admittedly, this started during the time of all the school delays and closings for snow - and I was tired. Tired of even trying to make them go to bed, because I was freezing and paralyzed, and did I mention tired, due to the cold and the ice and snow. And, I figured there would be a delay the next day anyway. So, we binged. On PBS.
My kids came to love Carson, and Mrs. Hughes. And wasn't Daisy so cute. And Anna so delightful. And how about that Lady Mary. And don't get me started on Thomas, "That's Mr. Barrow to you".
Suffice it to say, we now have Playmobile toys named after Downton characters.
We decided to go back in time and start at Season 1.
Forgot about Season 1.
Starting with the first episode, I realized we were swimming in new waters. Thomas, specifically, brought up many a question by my son. Topics and conversations I wasn't planning to discuss with Zane right now. But, well, no time like the present. No way to avoid it.
"Yes, about Thomas . . ."
Zane had quite the furrowed, confused brow, as we shared openly about how Thomas was attracted to other men. We didn't freak out, or try to hide it, and offered to answer any questions he had. I'm sure I broke out in hives under my clothing. I was completely unprepared.
As for Mary's indiscretions? Well, while Harper had been well-versed on that subject, we simply told Zane that Mary had been "too flirty" with a boy.
Aaaaaand . . . moving on.
We've now talked about traditions in post-Edwardian times, the class system of upstairs vs downstairs, heirs, the sinking of the Titanic, WWI.
Television, CAN be educational.
In, ahem, many ways.
Joline Pinto Atkins, an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage, can also be found writing at The Cuppa Jo, and is the founder of Daily Fast Fuel. She is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 12 and 8, who are both named after authors. Passionate about fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and sweats out any daily angst by exercising at home, longs for good books, is a redeemed coffee addict, and won't share popcorn with anyone. Even her own family.