Originally Posted by Angela
I was playing let's pretend with my little niece -- maybe she was 4 years old or so. I asked her who she was and what was going on with her. She told me "Well, things are a little tough. I had a husband, but he died." "Really?" I asked. "I'm so sorry for your loss. How did he die?" "Well," she replied, very somberly, "We went rock climbing, but he didn't hold on so good."
I was absolutely amazed at this story. So tragic and so funny. I asked her, "Did you just make this up?" And she said, "No, that really happened. I miss him."
Maybe when you get to be school age, you just stop being willing to believe.
Woah. Yeah, I've had some really similarly eerie (or not) conversations with kids over the years. You know how in movies kids and pets can always see what the grownups cannot? I always really felt that must be true. I just never understood what happened either to make us forget. Maybe all the grownups telling us to stop making up stories has something to do with it. They never believe the kids. We have all these theories that kids don't know the difference between real and make believe at that age, but I wonder if that's really true at all. How could it be proven? Has it been?
Oh, and another thing is that we purposely set ourselves up to forget so we can play the game.