November 13, 2012
The “Real World”
It has become increasingly apparent that the line between the real and the make-believe is extremely blurred for my children. Much more than I had ever imagined. They question me regularly about whether things are “for real” or whether things that they see on TV “really happened.” I have been trying to explain why Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes can’t possibly be real! A few days ago Austen asked me again about our ride on Star Tours at Disneyland. He asked me whether we had really gone to outer space. I told him that we hadn’t, but that it sure seemed like we did. He continued to press me on the issue, making a pretty strong case for why he was sure we had really left the planet Earth. Some of it is a child’s perception and I’m sure some of it is his imagination at work. It sure is more fun to believe that we actually traveled in a spaceship!