R.J. Anderson (rj_anderson) wrote,
R.J. Anderson

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Navy Discipline

My kids have been watching Hornblower again, and this morning as they were running around yelling "I'm Horatio!" and "I'm Captain Pellew!" and firing at imaginary French ships, I discovered an unexpected bonus to all this play-acting.

For instance, I'd informed Nicholas earlier that his t-shirt was on backward, with no response. But when I said in a crisp, disapproving tone "Your uniform is on backward, Mr. Hornblower!" he jumped to attention and straightened it out at once. And I often call the boys for breakfast without getting an answer -- but when I said, "Captain Pellew, your toast is ready, sir!" Simon hurried over to the table and tucked right in.

Best of all, when I asked Nicholas a question and he yelled at me (albeit in jest), I said stiffly, "That is not the behaviour I have come to expect from you, Mr. Hornblower!" and he giggled and composed himself before responding in a more civilized tone.

Man, I could milk this for a long, long time...

P.S. Wish I had a Hornblower icon for this post, but how often would I really use it?

P.P.S. I didn't actually get to watch yesterday's episode so much as listen to it, since I was busy baby-wrangling and making dinner. However, I could hear bits and pieces of it from the kitchen, and I must say that Paul McGann's voice is really quite... something. *fans self*
Tags: family, hornblower, parenting, tv, wibbling
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