A few years back I posted on Facebook that if anyone knew of a movie company looking for a child to star in a new version of the Exorcist, they should let me know.
At the age of 4, V had nailed the role of a child possessed by the devil.
My friend responded that we should open up a neighborhood children's theatre, "The Mount Pleasant Children's Theatre"
As in the Mount Pleasant Children's Theatre presents "The Ring".
It's actually kind of funny when you think about it.
Add any horror movie to that and imagine little kids trying to do a production of it.
Anyways, it makes me giggle.
Over the winter, we had a big blizzard. Everyone in the neighborhood was snowed in.
Lucky for us, we all kept our power, but we couldn't get out.
Mount Pleasant Children's Theatre presents, Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"
Needless to say, my kids are pretty morbid.
I think that it's because from an early age, we have had deaths of close family members and pets.
I have never sugar coated the process, I have always been very matter of fact, but as comforting as I could be, about it.
I think their way of coping with such things is through play.
My favorite so far was "Lego Titanic"
When the Captain was going down with the ship, they would make him cry out, "I must do my duty!"
and then he would fart or poop (not too sure) loudly, before he went down into the swirling depths.
Duty-Doodee-get it? It kills me every time.
A lot of their play lately is about war. I think that this must stem from the news that was going around about North Korea and the Boston bombings.
I will say for the record that I have given up on hiding tragedies from them. I tried to just not talk about Newtown.
Turns out EVERYONE at school was talking about it. So they heard terrifying news from classmates.
So now, I tell them an abridged version of anything that happens that I think will make it to their classrooms, I offer tidbits of information, asking before each one if they want to hear more.
I also forbid them to discuss it with other kids unless they already know first.
Back to the war play.
I caught them using water torture on G's tiny plastic "Squinkies"
It involved a bowl of water and sopping paper towels.
I think it was more torture for me watching them make the enormous mess.
On V's bed of all places.
I believe I have Myth Busters to thank for the water torture idea.
I told them that Squinkie water torture is strictly for the bathroom and to clean up the mess.
Knowing that they were caught and were in the wrong, they were very compliant.
As I walked back down the stairs, I called out, "You are both very sick and disturbed children. I am going to call a psychiatrist first thing in the morning!"
An evil cackle, delivered in unison from the both of them, came from upstairs.
I shuddered and wondered if I should call a priest instead.