As my kids get older they have started to be afraid of unjustified things. Conveniently, their new fears either affect daily household chores or everyday hygiene routines. We recently moved into a two story house. Our daughter’s bathroom is on the ground floor.
K: Mommy? I can’t take a shower. What if there are ghosts down there?
Mommy: There are no ghosts downstairs. There are no ghosts.
K: How do you know?
M: Are vampires real?
M: Are werewolves real?
M: Ok. So see … ghosts aren’t real.
K: What about fairies? Are fairies real?
M: (Laughing) No.
K: What about the tooth fairy? Isn’t she real?
M: (To myself, but out loud.) Huh.
K: Mommy, what about the tooth fairy?
M: Well yeah. Of course she is real, but she is a different kind of fairy.
K: Oh. But …
M: Go shower.
Phew. Saved by the stink.