We came home the other day and couldn’t get in the driveway because there was a big truck from the power company that’s still trying to fix the electricity that AT&T messed up. I explained to Klara that we had to park outside until the nice gentlemen finished their work.
“Let’s just shoot them, mommy,” she suggested brightly.
“What??” I asked dumbly.
“When people get in our way, we can just shoot them, right?”
Since then, it was “let’s shoot them” all the time.
“Mommy, let’s play that mean guys got into our house and we shoot them!”
“No, I don’t want to play that. Let’s play babies instead.”
“OK! And then mean guys try to hurt our babies and we shoot them!”
Obviously, we didn’t introduce the subject of shooting at home. We don’t read books about shooting to her, and she doesn’t watch TV. I’m starting to wonder who at school is sharing the information about mean guys, jail, and shooting people. It’s definitely not the approach to life I’m trying to foster.
It’s getting creepy because I say, “No, you can’t take the fish out with your fingers. It’s against the rules. You have to use the fishing rod.” And she looks all scared and says, “Are the policemen going to come and take me to jail, mommy?” Again, I want everybody to understand that it’s not part of our parenting strategy to scare a child with threats about policemen coming if she breaks the rules. My narrative when we see a police car is that the police are on their way to help somebody who is in trouble.