Whenever he doesn't want to do something, he says "No, the elephants will come and eat me!"
Or if he wants me to do something for him and I'm
I'm trying to understand where he came up with this irrational fear of elephants eating people. The closest Max has ever come to an elephant is when we were at Disneyland last year, and we waited in line for 40 minutes to ride Dumbo (yes, ONLY 30 minutes, it was a slow day) and when we started to get in the Dumbo ride, Max freaked out, and wouldn't get in, so I handed him to his daddy and I rode by myself.
(We have this really cute picture of him standing next to the fence watching me on the ride by myself. His bottom lip is sticking out ever so slightly, and there are tears welling up in his eyes) (and no, I didn't feel like a dork being the only adult on the ride not accompanied by a child)
But as far as I could tell, none of the flying elephants ever actually ate anyone.
So here are some questions.
Do I still take the kids to meet the circus train and see the elephants up close?
Would this be super traumatic for my little guy to be that close to the elephants or will watching the circus parade show the kid that the elephants won't really eat him?
What do I do if an elephant actually does eat somebody?
What will I do if an elephant poops in the street right next to where we're standing?
What if Max thinks that's cool and decides that he can do that in the street too?
Would standing right in front of the chocolate store (on the street where the circus parade will be traveling) and feeding my face with delicious chocolate make Max feel better about the elephants?
What do you think?