Lately, we’ve been dealing with something I like to call “Bean Fears.” Topping the list of Bean Fears today are spiders, bugs, and the Hulk. He likes the toy versions of each of these things, but is not a fan of real-life versions.
Not that we see many Hulks around here. But, according to Bean, you just never know.
This past weekend, we went to a sports bar and grill with our friend, Gary, to watch the Gators basketball game. After dinner, we were walking back to the car, and Bean was taking advantage of the rainy afternoon to jump in as many puddles as he could.
Chris and I were loading Gracie into the car when we noticed that Gary and Bean were huddled together outside the car door, gazing into a big puddle and whispering quietly. All I could make out was Gary saying, “…and then you fall in and end up on the other side of the world.”
Bean’s eyes were as big as saucers.
“What are you guys talking about?” I called out.
“Oh,” said Gary, now buckling Bean into his car seat. “I was explaining that you have to be careful about jumping into puddles because some puddles you can fall through…”
“Yeah!” Bean exclaimed. “And we could end up on the other side of the WORLD!”
“Oh, great, Gary,” said Chris. “Now we have a fear of puddles, too. Thanks, dude.”
“UNDO IT, GARY!” I whispered urgently. “UNDO IT!”
“We could just FALL THROUGH the EARTH, Mom!” Bean said, eyes wide in wonderment and fear. “We could just be walking along and accidentally step in a puddle and then just fall through the world!”
“Yeah!” Gary egged on, “like to China!”
“GARY, YOU ASS! UNDO IT!” I whispered. “Uncle Gary is just kidding, buddy,” I said to Bean.
“Oh, yeah…I mean…,” said Gary, trying to not laugh. “We can’t REALLY fall through puddles.”
Satisfied, Bean nodded his head and relaxed back into his seat.
“But wouldn’t it be cool if we could and we just didn’t know it yet?!?!?!” Gary whispered to Bean.
So now we have a fear of spiders, bugs, the Hulk, and rain puddles.
Thanks, Uncle Gary.