Last week's public library run brought us 31 new books to explore over Thanksgiving break and beyond.
Big E immediately found the non-fiction section and began pulling whole shelves of books down. His favorite topic these days, is scary stuff.
Spooky Stories, Spooky Places, Paranormal Places, etc., he's in.
We got to work immediately on Spooky Places where we read about all sorts of places I would never like to visit.
Then we read this.
Full disclosure, it was mostly my fault as I started making spooky noises and then screamed out in a panic that a face had appeared in the hardwoods right by the dishwasher.
Big E was legit scared. I told him I was only joking, but the damage had been done.
The first night Big E made his way into our bedroom around 3 am.
MOM, I'M REALLY SCARED OF THE FACES ON THE FLOOR.
I felt guilty, so I let him climb into bed for the night.
Over the next few days, he brought up the faces on the floor and asked me multiple times if I believed the story to be true. I tried my best to assuage his feelings of fear. He wasn't buying it.
MOM, DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE WHEN YOU AND ME AND LITTLE E ARE IN A ROOM THAT THERE IS ANOTHER PAIR OF EYES WATCHING US?
He looked over at the amateur cat painting he'd done years ago that hangs proudly in his bedroom.
Um, I didn't, but thanks for planting that seed. Also, I'm replacing that Satan cat painting as soon as I can.
SOMETIMES WHEN I STARE AT THE PAINTING I CAN SEE THE CAT'S EYES MOVING.
Big E then moved on to ghosts.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?
DID YOU HEAR THAT?
IS OUR HOUSE BUILT ON AN OLD CEMETERY?
He was in our room multiple times last night. Mr. Yoy even slept half the night in Big E's room with him.
Big E won't leave my side. I have to go to the bathroom with him, for fear of the bathroom ghost. Or the closet ghost, or the pantry ghost.
So really what I'm asking is, HOW DO I UNDO THIS DAMAGE?