Sunday, April 24th, 2011
Vampires are Real
With the Easter Bunny’s arrival today, we decided to quiz our 6-year-old daughter about fact versus fantasy in what we dubbed a Truth Deciding List. Each item on the list had three columns in which to place an X for real, fantasy or unknown. Here are her answers:
- Desk fairies*
- Flying reindeer
- Santa Claus
*Desk fairies periodically visit her classroom, placing a sticker or other goodie when a student’s desk has been kept clean.
- Space monkeys
- Underpants gnomes
See previously: Space Monkey Defense Tip #1.
- Easter Bunny
A seed of doubt was planted about the Easter Bunny because, as she tells it, her Mom was too quick to say “I see one!” during the egg hunt, apparently not looking hard enough for the eggs. Never mind that this was the first year the bunny visited our home. In the past, we’ve gone to community egg hunts on Saturdays, then traded our kids’ candy for a new toy purchase the same afternoon. This year, I loaded up on sugar free candy for our own in-home hunt.
Meanwhile, regarding aliens, her uncertainty is rooted in things I’ve told her about the probability of life existing elsewhere in the universe (e.g., there is life, but we’ll probably never contact it). Unfortunately, I failed to quiz her specifically about the race of Alien Brain Crunchers who regularly visit our planet.
After making the list, my daughter insisted on being told which items are real or fake, but we told her everyone has their own truth deciding lists. Her list shows her truths at the moment.