Let me start this buy giving you a little background. When my children were younger, we went to see The Chronicles or Narnia. When the lion was sacrificed my son looked up at his mother with big tears in his eyes and said,”Mama, I’m crying and I don’t know why.” We just held him close and explained things to him.
As the years have passed, the children have been exposed to horror movies and yes some blood and guts. Most of which are seen with their older cousin. The point being that they have seen some bad things on movies and most of the time hide their eyes until things are better. Last night we decided to watch a family movie together and just have some quality time sitting around with each other. The kids wanted to watch Marley and Me. We thought that it would be a fun movie to watch and we were right…….kind of! The movie was great don’t get me wrong but when the movie ended….you would have thought all three of our own animals had kicked the bucket at once. It took about an hour to talk them down after that movie ended.
After it was all said and done, I thought what have we done to these kids that they can watch horror movies without a flinch but a great family movie like Marley and Me just broke their little hearts. BUT I looked at my lovely wife and thought about some of the sick things that she has laughed about in horror films and books and it all made sense…they are related to her! After the movie was over, I put the kids in their beds and my wife fell asleep in my daughter’s room. I came and got in bed again thinking the thoughts about my family and their interesting minds……..I QUICKLY GOT OUT OF BED AND LOCKED MY BEDROOM DOOR!!