Tuesday, January 30, 2007

An error in judgement of nightmarish proportions

The idea was good in theory. Evan's been having nightmares about dinosaurs, so a trip the the Museum of Natural History to demystify the prehistoric beasts seemed well timed. "You'll see for yourself that they're all extinct now," we assured him. He loved the idea, and so off we went. A lovely family outing for a chilly January day. Proactive parenting at its best.

Or... not. Because what no one told us before we arrived at the museum all ready to explore and check out some bones? Is that the huge overpass which leads into the dinosaur exhibit takes visitors directly past this remarkably lifelike T-Rex.

I wanted family togetherness and a chance to reassure my son? I got it. Oh, boy did I get it. I'm still getting it night after night. But banishing dinosaurs from his dreams? Yeah. That didn't exactly happen.

7 Comments:

Blogger gcrumpac said...

Criminey, that guy's enough to scare ME. We've tried some "conquer your fears" therapy with Matt, and it's never worked. Hope Evan outgrows this soon, for his sake AND yours.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Aw, poor Evan! That thing *is* pretty darn scary! And, poor you and Paul. Hope that he conquers his fears and everyone gets back to restful nights soon!

6:16 PM  
Anonymous kristy said...

How 'bout a "pet dinosaur"? One that's on his side? One who can chase away the dinosaurs in his dreams?

9:25 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Dadgum! That scared me! Poor Evan. :( I hate that for him and I hope he stops having nightmares soon.

Damn, that's almost enough to make a girl love Barney...no...no it's not. Never mind. ;)

5:06 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

I like Kristy's idea. Evan's very own dinosaur protector.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Oh dear. I like Kristy's idea. You can also have him put it under his pillow in order to catch all the bad dreams . . .

Poor little guy.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Last year we saw a rather grody internal organs display of a camel at the museum, and it gave my daughter nightmares. To banish them, finally I came up with the bright idea of teaching her anatomy. We found a web site that had lots of good diagrams of bones, musles, organs, etc. It actually worked! Once she understood parts of a body and how they help us live, she overcame her fear. Not sure how that would go over with dinosaurs, tho....

8:14 PM  

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