We are a Little Bear family. Over two years ago, when the kids started paying attention to the television and I realized I could use this to my advantage (plop kids down for 30 minutes, get dry hair - AMAZING!), I knew we had to pick a show that wouldn't drive us bat shit crazy. Barney? Hells no. Dora the Explorer. Shoot me. That's when our friends told us about Little Bear. When we determined the character and stories were created and written by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are? Anyone? Anyone?) we were all in.
And the stories are sweet and engaging. Little Bear loses a tooth. Little Bear has an uncontrollable sweet tooth. Little Bear builds a house for his friend Emily. Little Bear solves the mystery of who stole Father Bear's pie. And on and on.
But the one story not dealt with? Where the frak does Little Bear go potty? He and his parents live in a house with two bedrooms. You never see a bathroom. They take baths in a big metal tub in the kitchen. They obviously don't have indoor plumbing because Mother Bear has to get water from a hand pump in the kitchen. When Little Bear and his friends play around the house, you never see an outhouse. So here's my question:
Does Little Bear shit in the woods?
Seriously! Do he and his parents take care of business in the woods surrounding their home? Is there a section of woods, just past the garden, where they all take care of business? Does Father Bear go out and dig a new ditch every few months, covering the old ditch with lyme? Or does Mother Bear use the stuff for her garden's compost? Do Little Bear's anthropomorphic friends (Cat, Duck, Hen, Owl) use the same area for their bowel movements? And what about Little Bear's human friend Emily? When the Bear family built a house for Emily and her Granny, again there was no bathroom.
I just don't get it. And, yes, this is the type of thing that keeps me up at night with worry.