Occasionally, you can get slapped in the face by the way things 'used to be.' Last night, I had one of those moments as I was reading the kids their story at bed time.
The choice for the evening was Curious George...the original Curious George, written in 1941. There is a page in the book where George and the Man in the Yellow Hat have returned home after a long day of traveling. Attempting to show how a monkey would settle in after a day on the road, the book says:
George had a good meal, and then George had a good pipe, before having a good sleep.
And there is a picture of George sitting in wing back chair, puffing away on a relaxing post dinner pipe!
Heck, guess I should be happy it's not a hookah.
My kids didn't notice, and I wouldn't have noticed 10-15 years ago. Heck, it's not like I'm offended. I just can't begin to imagine how a scene like that would go over in a new children book today...but I'm not sure Dora the Explorer having a shot of tequila before tucking herself into bed at night would be well recieved.