Friday, January 14, 2011

The Scariest Thing Ever

Boys take control over the unknown, the frightening, by embodying their foes. By acting out scenes, and experimenting with thier fears, they learn how to conquer them. I read it somewhere, long ago, back when I was overwhelmed with one child.

Andrew never did it really. But, I excused so many of my friends' boys for dressing up as Darth Vader. We all read the same article, way back when our first children were small.

George is not my first child. So, why am I surprised? Always surprised. When I turn off my light at night, my heart cannot allow them to become one day older. No, not even one day. The next morning I am always suprised.

Gladys ran through the kitchen, shrieking in mock fear, with George at her heels.



I laughed. They ran through again, then again.

"I'm going to get you! I'm cancer!!"

"You can't dooo that," Gladys protested, "Cancer is a disease. You can't SEE it."

I looked at them both, then turned away, hoping my feelings didn't escape through my eyes.

"What does cancer look like? Hmm. Interesting question . . . " I spoke into the air, in that lame, parental, not-knowing-what-to-say sort of way. He picked the scariest thing. He picked something that frightens adults.

George drew a picture.

This is cancer.


Flea said...

Oh wow. George drew cancer. And it's smiling. Boys are amazing creatures. Kids are amazing creatures, seeking to make the world concrete.

If you go back to my blog and scroll a little, there are our Christmas photos, including a PMSing 17 year old girl and sombreros.

MIT Mommy said...

Flea - Yes, I did scroll back last time I was there. I'll have to post some of my Christmas pictures eventually - maybe in July at my pace. You are sweet to stop by.

AreWeThereYet? said...


... and right on target