This week I wrote (and spoke) about rediscovering Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” after becoming a father, stunned by how different it hits now. It was also the week I read The Shining was inspired by fears Steven King faced after becoming a father himself:
“As a young father with two children, I was horrified by my occasional feelings of real antagonism toward my children. Won't you ever stop? Won't you ever go to bed? […] I wrote a lot of that down and tried to get it out of my system, but it was also a confession. Yes, there are times when I felt very angry toward my children, and have even felt as though I could hurt them.
I don’t think I’ll ever watch The Shining in the same way. But I do want to watch it again. Soon.
A whole host of books, films, albums, poems, TV shows (and more) are entirely different experiences after having kids. Tell us about some that you’ve enjoyed. And don’t get me started on Finding Nemo again.
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