As adults, I think we all envy the imagination of children. Their ability to lose themselves in a play pretend planet, and envision a reality I can only achieve after taking acid. Yet sometimes when I enter into these alternate dimensions with my child, I sometimes take pause, and think to myself, “Damn kid, your make believe worlds are kinda fucked up!”
Here are some of the most recent games I have played with The Munch:
1) Dead Mermaid Examiners:
Munch: Let’s pretend we are these explores that find dead mermaids. We travel the seas, and every time we find a dead mermaid, we bring her on our ship and examine it. And then, we look inside her body, and see all her broken bones, and how her heart isn’t beating.
Toni: Ummm okay. Do we have magic powers to save the mermaid or anything? So we can bring her back to life?
Munch: Yeah, but first we have to use this tool to peel off her fin to make sure all her bones are broken – and then we can use the magic to make her heart beat again. But after we make her alive, she goes back into the water, and the bad guys just kill her again.
2) Evil Jailer:
Munch: Pretend that you are sleeping in my bed, and then I come in the middle of the night and capture you. But I tell you I am brining you to my house to watch my animals, but really, I just put you in jail. And because you believed me, and you love animals, you didn’t know I was going to do that. And when you are in jail there are bars everywhere, surrounding you, and you can’t get out.
Toni: What happens to me when I am in jail?
Munch: You cry because you want to get out.
Munch: Pretend that I am evil, but you have this magic treasure that turns me nice. So here, you can use it now.
Toni: Okay. I am using this magic treasure and I am making you nice! Shazam!
Munch: Your magic didn’t work. I am still evil.