This conversation has become commonplace most weekday mornings -
Luke: Where's Daddy?
Me: At work.
Luke: He's flying the spaceship?
Luke is obviously confusing Erik's weekly flying lessons with his job. The worst part is that I am playing along with this.
I know this is going to backfire on me someday. Just wait, ten years from now Erik will be asked to speak at Luke's school about his many "travels to space" and we'll have to tell Luke the truth. This will cause him to grow up with an inability to trust people, which will lead him to never marry and never hold a job. He'll turn to a life of alcohol and drugs, which will ultimately cause him to be homeless. This will all be because I never corrected him on what his Daddy really does every day when he was 2 years old.
Why is it okay to lie to child about certain things, while other things are wrong? The Santa Claus/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy myths are perfect examples of socially acceptable lies which people find cute. Yet, telling a little boy to stop touching his "wee wee" or it will fall off is considered mean and threatening. Speaking of which, I need to get off the computer and go get Luke out of the bathtub.