“If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death.”~ Morgan Freeman
My sister had come by with her children. My nephew and niece. My nephew had noticed that no lights were on in my home. The sun was shining and still sufficient natural light was there, so I didn’t feel the need to use the electricity.
My nephew wanted to know why it was so dark. And his mother literally looked him in the eye, and said that I was a vampire.
I looked up and saw that she had said it with a straight face. She was a wall of all sincerity explaining to her child why the lights were out.
My nephew actually fell for it, it had seemed. But I was so intrigued that my sister said it without cracking up and laughing.
Later on, I would be told that my nephew said to his mother that he did NOT really think that I was a vampire.
Darn!!!!! I wanted to see how long that I could make that one go.
It’s interesting how parents throughout generations have said certain things existed just to get their children to behave. The monster of the bed, the thing in the closet, and the threats of misbehaving children to be taken away by demons and devils forever.
But then we also have things like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Some of the things we are told as children are told to put the fear into us, so that we would end up being good children. At least children that will do what our parents want.
The other side of it, we’re told as children that our good behavior will be rewarded.
As adults, we don’t really have that kind of thing that will curb our behavior. We’re not exactly rewarded for doing good things in our lives. But then again, we’re not threatened by evil for when we do bad things.
Maybe we should come up with something?? A huge group of people from all nations should combine their children’s myths to tie it into adulthood and for those able to talk about it with a straight face, let these adults know that there’s rewards for good behavior and punishment for bad behavior.
Nonetheless, I think that I could have curbed my nephew’s behavior… had he still believed that I was in fact, a vampire!!!