A few weeks ago the whole family went on vacation to St. Augustine. While my main man and I were playing in the pool, he brought something up from the night before. You see, he had been up all night because the Big Bad Wolf was chasing him. But when we were racing in the pool, he said, “Swim fast. The Big Bad Wolf is going to catch us.”
I couldn’t believe what ideas hearing. I asked him what he meant by the Big Bad Wolf was chasing us. He said, “You know, the Big Bad Wolf is always chasing me. That’s why I swam fast.”
I stopped swimming and couldn’t help but wonder, I think this Big Bad Wolf thing is getting a little out of control. That’s when it hit me. The only way to get him to relax and get over his fear of the Big Bad Wolf was to rebrand him. I grabbed my main man’s pool noodle and I told him, “The Big Bad Wolf’s name is Jack.”
Jackie almost lost it. He was convinced there was no way the Big Bad Wolf’s name was Jack. So I gave him the proof he needed. I gave him the following titles and characters: Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack and Jill, Jack Sprat, Jack and the Candlestick, Jack Horner, Jack Frost, etc. Usually Jack is the hero and the Big Bad Wolf is a hero too.
Think about it.
Is the Big Bad Wolf a Bad Guy?
Jack, The Big Bad Wolf, helps the little pigs realize how foolish they are for building a house that can’t weather the storm. I continued explaining the Big Bad Wolf, a.k.a. Jack, only chases him (my son) because the Big Bad Wolf doesn’t want my main man to lose his imagination. Jackie looked at me funny and I began explaining the movie theories of Inception and The Matrix.
“Jackie’s eyes glazed over.”
Just as he began to swim away I said, “The Big Bad Wolf’s name is Jack, duh!”
He responded by saying, “Swim fast dada. Jack is going to get us.”
I didn’t think it was going to stick until we went through the drive through at Wendy’s. My main man decided to talk to the lady in the drive through. He ended up giving way too much information. He said, “I’m Jack, not Jackie. Like Jack the Big Bad Wolf or Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.”
Here I thought it was important to get my son to overcome the horrors of his own imagination. Now I think it’s time to talk with my kids regarding speaking to strangers!
What are you thoughts? Is the Big Bad Wolf’s name Jack? Share in the comments section. I’d love to hear what you think.