Maxfield and Wyatt attend the local public elementary school. Unlike other school districts in the area which have these huge district wide primary schools that have 10 classes per grade and feel like a Sams club of education, Max and Wyatt's school is a small only two classes per grade, community minded friendly learning environment. At least I hope it is friendly.
One of the perks of our small community school is the Home and School Association volunteers that participate is providing fun events and activities for the kids. They do an excellent job making school fun and probably deserve more credit and thanks then they get. One of the preeminent events the HSA holds is the annual Pine Run Derby Race. Max has participated the past few years. This year is Wyatt's first opportunity to build and car and enter the race. He is very excited.
We collaborate on the assembly and building of the car but the design and decoration is all the kids' doing. This year Max wanted his car to resemble some Lego Ninjago inspired vehicle. It required extra attention on my part to make sure the detailed cuts were exactly how Max wanted them. The car turned out very cool and unique.
Wyatt on the other hand went with a basic car design but his paint job required a different part of my attention.
"How do you want to paint your car?" I asked.
"I want it to have a big hairy spider on it." he responded.
"Eww. I don't like spiders." I said giving him the reaction he wanted. He knows I have a phobia.
"Then I want to paint a skeleton head on it." he said. "I also want a zombie head on it. And a grave yard."
He got more and more excited with each idea.
"And Dad? I also want to paint a coffee pot full of blood on the top. I want lots and lots of blood."
Should I be worried? A coffee pot full of blood? Where does he come up with that?
Do you think Stephen King had these kinds of conversations with his parents?