I was at someone else’s house, away from the other adults, watching my children and other children play together. I was glad for the opportunity. The hostess had set up a tiny kiddie pool full of soapy water, and gave the children hangers to make huge bubbles. They loved it, and soon had imagined that one child was a jailer who had to capture the escaped prisoners (bubbles).
One of the boys decided to respond to a successful “capture” with an upraised fist and a gruff Curse you! at the jailer, a la superhero style. Predictably, this addition caught on, much to my discomfort. I started wondering how to respond to this development. The boys were innocently and exuberantly “cursing” one another; they had no idea that a curse is a serious matter. My dear son who has quite limited knowledge of superhero lore shouted with the rest of them.
After much deliberation, I let it go until later, although I am still not satisfied that I handled the matter wisely. I didn’t interrupt, mostly because I didn’t see it as the same seriousness as potty mouth or taking the Lord’s name in vain.Â I knew that had I intervened, their play would probably have fizzled. Was it the fear of man that kept me from acting? I am remembering now that I didn’t pray about it, and I should have.
What do you think? What’s wrong with sayingÂ curse you? Or am I over analyzing and overreacting? I’m not opposed to superhero play, mind you, or superheroes (although I do deliberately avoid bringing superheroes into our home).Â I am opposed to crass, vulgar, or profane elements that are present in modern day superhero movies, but I do recognize the vivid portrayal of the struggle between good and evil could be beneficial in developing the God-given desire to protect and defend what is right.