“I will blast you into infinity…., and you will die there because I command it”!
Awh, kids are so funny. They take in everything they see on television, and the need to act out that everything is so incredible on so many levels. Take for example the three I was in charge of today: Dave, 8; Laura, 6; and Trevor, 4.5. And no these are not version numbers, it is their ages.
Dave and Laura were playing/fighting amongst themselves when Trevor decided that he wanted to take in some TV time. That was find by me as long as I got to choose what it was that they were going to watch. Plus, I only had them for a couple of hours while their parents had to attend an emergency meeting with their Bank—mortgage troubles. I was the only available baby sitter for such short notice.
The choices were, from the DVD bin, Clock Work Orange, A.I., The Matrix, Monster House and Death Race 2000. So, by acclimation Monster House was going to be the midday matinee for Trevor.
Well into the video all three were inside glued to the TV screen. It was like magic as the animation wove with the voices of the actors, and the kids never missed a beat as they watched. Laura was the funniest because when the “old man” talked and the house moved, she would jump up and hide behind the sofa. Dave kept asking me questions throughout the whole movie about what was going on, but it was Trevor who sat and stared, like he was witnessing the rebirth of humankind–he was awestruck.
The real action stared when the movie ended, and we had our debriefing. Laura politely asked if she could call her mother on the cellphone, while Dave and Trevor dashed outside to play. Within ten minutes all three were playing, “Monster House,” out on the front lawn. For twenty minutes I could hear all of the lines from the movie being acted out.
Now I see the issues about how and why parents need to take stock about what their children see on TV. The Kids do not miss anything, and if you are not there to field those all important questions then they formulate their own—and then the possibilities start whether good or bad.
Trevor was the best when he yelled out, “I will blast you to infinity.” Perhaps it will take him ten to twelve more years to figure it all out, but in the mean time pretending is so much fun.