Okay, i was going to go for NaNoPoMo* but i've decided to become the anti-christ instead. Seems like it might be easier.
"The Holidays" are coming up. I shudder at the thought. I've been thinking about why that is.
You know how kids are silly and grandiose and say all kinds of things that are ridiculous? Some examples;
- I'm gonna be a lion tamer!
- I can really fly, wanna see?
- I'm going to marry DADDY when i grow up.
- Last night i saw a REAL fairy dancing in my room!
- This hole goes all the way to CHINA!
...and so on, you get the idea. Wonderful imaginative things that are the product of childish enthusiasm.
Family gatherings are an occasion to bring out these memories and ridicule the child that said them. This sport is accompanied by telling the adult that used to be the child that they are too sensitive and have no sense of humor.
That adult very well might have a sense of humor about this teasing, if it hadn't also been done back when the adult was a child and had no defenses.
I've never laid it out so clearly for myself before now. I think the correct tactic might be to say, "That child deserves to be defended, even though it's years later."
*National No Posting Month