The other day Bug decided he wanted to watch "How to Train Your Dragon" (HTYD), his new favorite movie.
The first kink in "mission: watch HTYD" went as follows: We always watch movies in the living room...because that's where the DVD player is--well, was. On Black Friday the Hubby decided to buy himself an early birthday present: an XBox 360. Naturally he hooked it up to the TV in the living room. I kindly had him move the DVD player into the family room so he could play and I could watch DVDs on a TV, not the laptop.
It took me a few minutes to convince Bug that the family room was where we were going to watch the movie. Of course, at first he was very adamant (in his loud, Bug way) that this was not where we watch anything.
After settling that issue, the second kink came into play and it went something like this:
I turned the TV on, but had left the DVD in the living room (silly me was not anticipating so much of an issue just relocating him). I left Bug for 3 seconds to get the movie, and then I spent the next hour trying to right my wrong.
You see, when the TV came on so did that interesting thing we call "static" or "snow." And apparently that completely freaked Bug out. He ran after me screaming and crying hysterically and insisting that I hold him. I put the movie in and tried to explain that everything was ok in a way that a 2 year old would understand.
Naturally, that wasn't good enough for Bug and he insisted that I hold him while he watched the movie--a movie he's been able to watch by himself for at least a month now. He was now terrified of the DVD player and that fear affected his ability to play by himself part of the morning too. Yay.
That was a few days ago, and thankfully now the fear factor has been taken down a few notches. It hasn't been forgotten, oh no. Every time Bug walks past the DVD player, or watches a movie in the family room he has to have a conversation about how it scared him.
There are times when I think it'd be nice to wrap my kids in bubble wrap and try to hide them away from all the scary, nasty things in this world. Thankfully I'm sane and realize how impossible that is. Really, though, who would have thought that DVD players would have fallen into the "scary" category? Obviously I wouldn't have...until now. Who knew?
And that is the story of my life: daily encounters with the terrifying! My kids must think I'm the bravest person on the earth, and I'm ok with that.