I think I may be over reacting here but it has made me nervous. This week BBwas playing catch the bear with his Daddy. Daddy was the bear and BBwas the catcher. During the game BBwent to his tool chest and pulled out his toy drill and started pointing it at Daddy like a gun. Panic!
Me: BBwhat are you doing?
Noah: Getting rid of the bear
Me: What do you mean? With what?
Noah: With my bear go away machine! (Duh Mummy!)
Me: So your not shooting it then? (Kerry stop putting ideas in his head)
Noah: What? (Mum you’re such a weirdo!)
Noah: Shhh shhhhhhccchhh Go away bear! Mummy the bear ran away – I saved you!
Ok, so he didn’t think it was a gun. I am not surprised, we have never introduced him to them as toys and he had never watched anything with a gun in (I didn’t think until we were watching Peter Pan yesterday and one of the pirates had a gun and when I questioned what it was BBsaid a horn!) Anyhow it has not been the kind of play we have encouraged.
I never really knew I was that anti gun play until this fear that I thought he thought he was killing a bear and I just didn’t like it – in fact the thought made me feel quite sick.
Gun play has surely been a boys game from the times of cowboys and Indians! How is a gun any different to a sword used by pirates or a light saber used by Luke? Somehow it is though. Somehow it seems worse, or is it that is now seems more real. In the times of cowboys and Indians, was guns imagery almost like a light saber. Now they are so much more of a reality.
I really don’t think BBhas any concept of what a gun is at all. I am not really sure why I am worrying but the time will come when he wants one won’t it? Then what do I say? Also how do justify a water pistol over a gun? Is that not hypocritical?
Just to finish off during the game the differences between my three children were revealed. BBwanted to get rid of the bear with his magic machine, Zachary took the bear by the hand and led him into the kitchen, whilst Little Madam grabbed the plastic gold club and went charging after the bear!
With all the hype this week with the riots and all the harm that has been caused I realize I am in protection mode, but am I being unrealistic.
Can you protect your children from weapon play and should you?
Let me know your thoughts.