So we don’t really let Jeffrey watch tv. For a multitude of reasons but it’s a decision that we’ve been quite happy with and for now, tv is a special occasion in our house. (Excluding any and all Steeler games. The children are encouraged to yell, cheer and wave their Terrible Towels.)
Anyway, it’s been a pretty new thing, that I’ve been letting Jeffrey watch a movie or a tv show when Elena goes down for her nap on Sundays. I figure its a way to introduce him to some pop culture and a good downtime activity since he doesn’t nap anymore. This weekend we were cruising through Netflix instant and came across Short Circuit. You may remember “Johnny 5 is alive” from the 80’s. A classic robot comes to life movie with Steve Guttenburg, Ally Sheedy and some guy who isn’t Indian pretending that he is. I loved this movie when I was a kid, so did Brian and we figured it’s PG, it’ll be fine. I was a little concerned about the portrayal of the army as idiots that just blow shit up but I figured that I need to lighten up a little. He liked the movie, told me “Mama, it was all real. Except the parts with the robots.”
So at 9pm Jeffrey wakes up crying and comes downstairs. “Mama, I had a bad dream.” I start mentally kicking myself for showing him this movie that obviously frightened him and gave him nightmares. I tell him it’s okay, that it was just a pretend movie and there’s nothing to be scared of. He answers me “I know, I’m not scared of the movie. I had a bad dream about the people eater.”
This is the part where I slap myself in the head. Earlier Elena had on a purple shirt with dots on it and I started singing “It was a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater, and it sure looked good to me.”* That is what he had a nightmare about. I comforted him, told him it was just a silly song and put him back to bed.
Just to show you; it’s never the thing you’re worried about. It’s some dumb thing you never even thought of.
*I know the lyrics are wrong, Brian already made fun of me.