Now of course I’m going to say no. What would you say to a 6-year-old just before bed?
Jack: I’m scared of the dark again.
me: I thought you were okay with the nightlight and glowing planets on the ceiling?
Jack: That might be part of the problem. I’m worried about aliens.
me: Oh I don’t think you have to worry about something that isn’t real.
Jack: What about phantoms? Or phantom aliens?
me: Not real.
Jack: Why does my book talk about UFOs and the Bermuda Triangle then? Are they not real too?
me: I’ve never seen either of those things and I’ve been around a LONG time.
Jack: But the phantoms have the scariest face that’s sort of a ghost and sort of an alien.
me: Are you getting this from the Halloween catalogs that are piling up in the kitchen?
Jack: Yeah because why would they make a costume if it wasn’t of something real??
me: Just for entertainment of course! Did you see the human pizza slice costume?
Jack: (giggles) Yeah…
me: Do you think there are giant pizza slices wandering around the neighborhood?
Jack: Maybe? I mean, no. But pizza is a REAL thing. That’s what I mean.
me: Wait a minute. I thought you were Big Foot these days. So aren’t people afraid of YOU?
Jack: Oh yeah! I forgot. Ha ha! That’s you just doing your Mom thing again!
me: (I pat myself on the back…) Glad I could help.
Jack: I guess they write about aliens just to mess with our heads.