Last week I met a friend for a play date at Downtown Disney. When Bean and I were browsing through a store, Bean suddenly started crying and holding on to my leg at the sight of Zurg, the villain in Toy Story. As many times as we have watched Toy Story, he has never even flinched before at Emperor Zurg. But for some reason he was now really nervous around him. As luck would have it, we were back in that same store this past weekend with our family for the Cars 2 event and the same thing happened. Bean came across something with Emperor Zurg on it and he grabbed on to Chris for dear life.
After that, it went downhill pretty fast. Now, any kind of villainous character sends Bean over the edge. And it doesn’t even have to be a character. It might be scary music or even dark clothing in a cartoon. Bean is certain a bad guy is waiting to get him in everything we watch. Because of this new development, we’re cooling it on any kind of TV for a while. And I think that’s great! We could use a little break.
We don’t watch a whole lot of TV during the days, but one time of day when the TV is always on is in the early mornings. Bean watches PBS while Chris and I get ready for the day for ourselves and Gracie. But with our time out from television right now, I spent that time with Bean playing instead. It meant that it took a little longer to get ready and moving that morning, but it was really nice to spend a little extra time with Bean.
We played with Mr. Potato Head (nothing dark and scary about him…) and I learned that I like for things to be in the correct anatomical position.
But Bean is more of an abstract artist.
It has been strange to see Bean scared of villains. It’s strange to see him scared of anything, really. I have to kind of bite my tongue to keep from saying, “Suck it up, Bean!” But I remind myself that Bean isn’t even two yet. He’s still a little dude and there are lots of scary things out there. Hiding in his room with mommy playing with Mr. Potato Head might be just what he needs for a while.