Michael has known the words "dead" and "killed" for a while. His dinosaur infatuation last year made those words unavoidable. But, it's one thing to apply those words to creatures that you don't ever actually see. Dinosaurs are extinct, so they are practically fiction for kids. Even the somewhat adult nature of Walking with Dinosaurs didn't seem to effect him. Until recently.
The other day Michael asked me to put Walking with Dinosaurs on for the first time in about 6 months. I could tell that he was getting more of it than he used to. I was tempted to turn it off, but Michael is so stubborn I decided to distract him at the parts I thought might be most distressing. Michael furrowed his brow a few times, but that was all.
But dinosaurs are not the only problem any more. Before Christmas I bought a few Step Into Reading books about volcanoes and weather. Michael loves them, so I picked up a few more to put under the tree. I included one of the Smithsonian books on volcanoes as well. Michael noticed that there were other books shown on the back of the Smithsonian book and has requested most of them as well. We have a big pile of sciency books that Michael wants us to read to him all of the time. Some of them are clearly beyond his age level, but even the ones that aren't are causing problems. Some of the questions he's asked lately are:
- "If dust storms cover buildings and farms, what do they do to people?"
- "What happens to people in floods?"
- "What do tornado do to people?
- "Is that man dead?"
- "What will happen if the dust and ashes catch up to the car?"
I'm fine with the Step 4 books talking about death a little, but really, can we leave it out of the step 1 books. One of these days Michael is going to notice I skip certain sections of the book.
So, maybe I should go with something a little safer than cruel, cold science. How about Pixar? They are all about kids. Right?
Michael's movie at the moment is Up. It's not my favorite kid's movie. I've only watched the beginning once. If I want to cry that much, I'll watch Steel Magnolias, thank you very much. So, here are some of the questions I've gotten thanks to Up.
- "What happened to the old man's sister (wife)?"
- "Why is the old man so sad?"
- "What happened to Mr. Muntz after he dropped through the clouds?"
I can assure you, the Lion King will not be entering my house any time soon. I can't even imagine the questions that would lead to.
All these questions about death almost make me wish for simple questions like, "Where do babies come from?"