May 17, 2007

What have I created?

We all know parents have a direct influence on how their kids act and behave. There is even a correlation between what the child likes and dislikes. This can make for some interesting behavior and comments from kids, especially if their father is a Gun loving, re-enacting, zombie infatuated, and football fanatic.

It all started a couple of months ago when I had some friends over and Clone walks into the living room and announces that “When the zombies come, you need to break out the stairs with a hammer”. I was proud, at 4 he knows basic defense versus zombies. A couple of weeks ago he comes up to me carrying his double barreled toy shotgun with the barrel pointed at the floor. All of a sudden he would snap it to his shoulder and start shooting at things and yelling “Fire in the Hole” before each shot. After the shot he would point the barrel back down to the ground. When I asked him what he’s shooting at he tells me, “I’m shooting the zombies in the head.” Gun safety and killing zombies, I was proud.

Last Sunday we were watching Shaun of the Dead, and I changed the channel to something I thought he would like more. He pitched a fit. “DAD!!!! I want to watch the zombies!!!!!” I kid you not, he threw such a temper tantrum that I almost didn’t turn it back on. Then while watching the movie he says to me, “When we go camping (IE re-enacting), we’ll have to shoot the zombies.” Huh? There are no zombies at the re-enactments. We talk for a little bit and I figure out that he thinks that some of the native’s are zombies. It has to do with their face paint. It took some convincing that Indians are not Zombies…. Well not all Indians.

Then finally on Monday we get home and he wants to go outside and play football with his brother. Okay no problem. It was when he referred to the football as the zombie head that I realized something.

Maybe I shouldn’t talk so much about zombies with him in the room.

Posted by Contagion in Family Life at May 17, 2007 04:43 AM | TrackBack

Now we know who to call on when Eric needs a bodyguard!

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at May 17, 2007 10:50 AM

Just thinking that if you get Ktreva to go along with your zombie fetish, having your son walk in while you guys are having sex could have unforeseen tragic consequences....

Posted by: Graumagus at May 18, 2007 06:47 AM

You're also creating an unrealistic acceptance and/or numbness to zombie culture. I mean, when the zombies invade, do you want you son just thinking it's same-ole same-ole?

Posted by: Shadoglare at May 18, 2007 06:50 AM