Why are we always one season or holiday ahead of ourselves? I can barely find a summery dress when all the stores are displaying sweaters, jackets and boots. I'm far from ready to look at the Back to School displays, although my daughter will be devastated if I don't buy the Hello Kitty backpack she is insisting for Preschool.
Then in yesterday's mail arrived the coveted first of the Halloween catalogs. I always envisioned myself making my kids' costumes by hand, as my mom did for me. It is a sad reality that not one kid in the my son's class last October wore a handmade costume. My son immediately picked The Green Lantern costume. I don't even think he has seen a Green Lantern movie or show, but somehow media works on a 5 year old.
The problem with Green Lantern is it comes with a gun, and we have a no gun policy in our house. Sounds like it would be an easy rule to follow, but for a superhero loving kid entering Kindergarten, it seems every single boy's toy has a gun, pistol or revolver. Then there are bubble guns, squirt guns and paint guns.
I understand the debate, that although my child doesn't have any toy guns in the house he can make a gun out of a baseball bat, a plastic hammer, a part of his Toy Story play house and his hands. Really I think the blame goes back to the toy companies who make these. Are they necessary? Can't they sell Han Solo without his pistol?
Just when my husband begins to convince me that maybe I should loosen up, a man shoots a 29 year old in the head in broad day light on the State Street bridge. Clearly, there is no reason for more guns in our world.
Do you allow your kid's to play with guns?
I apologize for bringing up the autumn holiday as it is still two months away. Go outside and resume summer.