but apparently they have been playing without my knowledge. I found plastic bags in each of their rooms filled with items. When confronted Mac claimed it was nothing, just stuff from a game they were playing. But Will, he was a little easier to get it out of and he told me all about ‘the game.’ They changed it up a bit and called it Apocalypse Zombie. Basically they put items in a plastic bag so they have something to grab in case they ever need to leave the house in a hurry, such as the end of the world, a zombie apocalypse or a kidnapping.
When I was a kid I can remember lying in bed, terrified that a nuclear bomb would go off and kill me. I watched the Exorcist movie and suffered the effects for months. My heart would beat so fast and hard that it would feel like the bed was moving. I was convinced that a demon would take over my soul. The fear was raw and it was real. I never want my kids to experience that kind of fear but in a way I started this one myself.
I asked Will questions about why he thought there might be a zombie apocalypse and he remembered his father and I having a conversation about a women on bath salts that banged a small child against a
light pole, trying to remove his arm so she could eat it. I didn’t realize he had heard that conversation but he did and it frightened him. I tried to explain about the drugs but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t understand.
What does a 5-year-old think he would need for a zombie apocalypse or the end of the world? One packet of Thomas the Train fruit snacks, 2 books, 1 blanket, 2 hot wheel cars, one action figure, sunglasses, a tooth brush, a giant tube of toothpaste and a timer that we use when we brush
our teeth. Mac’s bag was filled with similar items but she also had money. I’m hoping the number one zombie repellant is fluoride! I was impressed that even though they were pretending to go into apocalypse mode, they still were concerned about having clean teeth.
Maybe playing these games helps them to cope with the fear? We’ve
talked about it a million times but they still insist on playing these games. Maybe they just do it because they know it freaks me out. The missing cousins; Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook seem to be on Mac’s mind. It’s all over the news and I think it’s important that she’s aware of what can happen. More than once I’ve stood my kids in front of the “missing children” board at our Wal-Mart and showed them all the kids that are missing. That really hits home with them and is a great starter for conversations but is it too much? I don’t know.
Whatever happened to tag or hide and seek?