I used to absolutely hate going to childrens' birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese. I did it because I thought the children enjoyed it. Recently, however, one of my lovely daughters (now a very mature and refined seventeen year old) confided to me that she was terrified of the massive rodent and was always as eager to leave as I was. It led me to ponder how many other elements of parenthood might have elements of the Chuck E. Cheese syndrome. Like most such musings, perhaps wisdom comes to late for practical application.Scout
Thanks, Scout, I always wondered if the kids really liked it. I worked at Disney World in the '70s and saw a lot of kids who really didn't want to get close to Mickey. Up close and personal versus being on the TV was scarier than the parents undestood.Lakeland Two
You guys crack me up. Not even Chucky Cheese escapes the ribbing! LOL! :)bb
At least that was a "safe" topic, BB! ;-)Lakeland Two
LL2: I think it has something to do with scale. On TV these characters seem small, but when you (especially if the "you" is 3 years old) see them up close and personal and they are bigger than your Mommy and Daddy, that's pretty hard to get a grip on. Chuck E. Cheese, however, is several rungs down from the Disney product. I don't know if you ever had the pleasure, but it's a big birthday party production thing with lots of parties going on in a big hall all at once. The din itself is fairly intimidating. I assume the business model works, or it wouldn't have lasted as long (are they still around?). But I always left with elevated blood pressure. Scout
Scout,No, I've never had the pleasure although there is one in our neck of the woods. I agree with your viewpoint - the size issue. Clowns are also scary to some. I was told a long time ago that you don't approach a child closely unless he/she gives the OK in these situations. They let you know when they are comfortable in their comfort zone.Thanks for sharing.Lakeland Two
You think the rat's scary, a friend once showed up to his toddler daughter's birthday party wearing a gorilla costume. My own daughter, who was there, probably still has nightmares about it.
Completely random and great for a smile in light of our current conflicts.
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