Safety in Numbers: The Kid Way

After a long weekend of car travel, I have concluded that our third grader watched a little too much of the original Star Wars and Jeff Corwin adventures on DVD--as he seems to be afraid of his own shadow now (or thinking that Darth Vader or a black mamba is hiding behind the shower curtain).

My hint was this:

THE MRS..: Son, go upstairs and get yourself a clean shirt from your room.

THIRD GRADE SON: Is dad up there?

THE MRS.: No, he is still unloading the van, and I'll be changing little Luca's diaper.

Third grader peers up the stairs into the darkness above.

THIRD GRADE SON: Can't I wait until Dad is done?

THE MRS.: We have a lot of things to accomplish before bedtime.  Go take care of the shirt now.

Third grader gulps some air and tries to conjure up some courage.

THIRD GRADE SON:  Well... Er... Ok...

Just then, three-year-old sister enters the room and interrupts the dialogue with a loud monotone version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star while holding a stuffed pink elephant.

THIRD GRADE SON: Umm..Hey Sissy want to go upstairs with me?

SISSY SISTER: Sure.
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I am happy to report that third grader and his pint-sized singing companion did retrieve his shirt and make it back downstairs unscathed. 

Should I store this scaredy cat skeleton in the closet memory away in my mind to later embarrass big brother? 

Maybe, this is something to retell when he has his first girlfriend?   

The incident was a vibrant example of the old adage: There's safety in numbers; at least from the kid perspective.

36 comments:

The Babaylan said...

i had my share:))

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Ha! This is funny. My niece calls me "Sissy" too...glad he survived the dark, unknown upstairs. Have a great weekend!

Nathalie said...

Haha, that is sooo cute. Is it embarrassing to tell that I also get afraid of the dark when watching movies that scare me? At 25?? :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I used to do the same thing. But I always sent my little brother in front of me. Hey, if someone was going to attack, isn't it the man's job (okay, four year old's job) to protect the female? :D

25BAR said...

I guess we all go through 3rd grade!

Matthew Rush said...

That's one smart kid you have there Slam. I was terrified of Vader as a child too ... and yet I also couldn't get enough of him.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Cute post!

I still can't watch horror, war or scary movies! I also sleep with a flashlight next to my pillow and a nightlight!

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Oh, I'm with the rest of your readers--still afraid of bad guys and monsters!! But I have progressed to realizing at least half of it is the sound track (shriek!shriek! ba-dow).

I saw The Omen. Ick. Cut my time in the dark for a solid year.

Glad you came home from a family weekend all safe and sound!
Have a great weekend!

Ann T.

LadyFi said...

My seven-year-old son is terrified of going upstairs by himself at night.. I think it's something to do with their wild imagination!

Lydia Kang said...

Defintely safety in numbers. Everyone knows Darth Vader doesn't attack little children when they band together!

T. Anne said...

That's why I'm never alone!

Diane said...

I watched too many dinosaur and vampire movies as a kid and it played havoc with my psyche too... :O)

Herding Cats said...

Aw, that's just too cute.

Jackie said...

Too cute!! This is one for the record books. Esp. when he's "Too cool" to hang out with his baby sister. You can away use the. "I remember when...." works every time (trust me *sigh* my mom still uses it!!)

xx
Jaxs

WomanHonorThyself said...

kids! have a peaceful weekend my friend~!

unabridgedgirl said...

Hahah! So cute. My niece went through this sort of phase as well after she watched, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Helen Ginger said...

You can save it, but he will forever deny it ever happened.

Write it down in a book of memories to give to him some day.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Sister Copinherhair said...

I actually remember having those moments as a kid. You just get the creepiest feeling...

Luisa Doraz said...

I think that he is very smart and moves with caution. lol :) Have a great weekend.

sheri... said...

there is something so warm about a guy who loves his family! your post was funny, and i was loving the way your third grader made it up stairs, smart kid!!
it amazes me how easily you flow between the cop stuff and your family...both of them seem to fit you perfectly!

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Holly said...

This sounds like my house...except it was the Halloween episode of Wizards of Waverly Place that did us in. So the third grader is freaked out every night and the almost 3 year old helps him through it.

Gabby said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on the reflections of grandparent's home.

I can relate to your 3rd grader. I was in 4th grade before my first "horror" anything...Disney's Headless Horseman movie on t.v....it scared me flat out...I still won't rewatch the story. For whatever reason, I knew that the Headless Horsemen was laying in wait behind my closet's bi-fold doors (yes, with his horse too...don't ask me how I thought they'd fit...I believed if you can live w/o a head, you could figure out the dimensions of time and space apparently). I would crawl into bed with my younger brother when the thought of loosing my head became too much.

makingnew said...

How cute! I remember taking a flying leap to get in and out bed as a kid, just in case something was lurking underneath.
My youngest brothers used to call me Sissy too - awww.

jodeeluna said...

Gosh, I'm fifty and still feel like your son at times upon hearing strange house creakings at night. Thanks for the endearing story!

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Hilary said...

Aww too sweet. You can't be too safe. ;)

Kimi said...

That was like an aww moment. One day he owes his sister. Hmm...I'd say store this moment in your mind. I'd leave your son to tell the story to his then to be first g/f (or maybe his Mrs.) Thanks for sharing and hope the weekend's going well. Best.

Vanessa said...

Being 23 and still needing someone to accompany me down a dark hall way... at least he was smart and invested in the buddy system!

But as having my own parents tell my fiance similar stories I know that in 15 years it will be looked back on fondly and with rosey cheeks.

Audrey Allure said...

Aw, that's a cute story haha. Definitely safety in numbers!

imbeingheldhostage said...

I totally get it though. When my husband deployed I was thinking, "Hey, I'm tough, I'm bad", and then the teenager moved off for school and left me with only his younger siblings. They suddenly were welcomed into my room at night. Yes, I do feel safer with a six year old by my side :-)

Katie Ganshert said...

Oh goodness, that's cute.

Jenny said...

I love childrens conversations! Really cute!

Momma Fargo said...

Very cute!

Reggie said...

Awww, that was just adorable. And I loved the affection towards your kids that came through in your voice - just heart-warming. :-)

Jayne said...

Oh poor wee mite....but yes, you *absolutely* need to keep a mental note of this because it is every good parent's duty to keep 'ammo' for the future! :D