Part 4: does the Hero understand his quest?
Seven-Year-Old (reading homework): “‘This week you have to write four things you would like for Christmas. You must write and draw them from first to fourth in order of how much you want them.’ Okay, that’s easy. First, a real light sabre. Second, the Force of the Jedi. Third is a Wii. Fourth is my own iPod.”
Mr JB: “Are you sure?”
Seven Year Old [pausing, dejected]: “I know I can’t really have the Force.”
My son, the pragmatist – and not a realist either, because he sure as hell ain’t getting a Wii or an iPod. That only leaves the real light sabre. But one disappointment at at time, poor kid.
Part 3 – Meeting with/mother as the goddess.
Four Year Old: “Mummy, why are your boobies so close to your tummy?”
Part 2 – establish your hero!
Four Year Old to Seven Year Old while both playing with Lego: “Look, I’ve swapped helmets so he’s the goodie now.”
Mr JB: “Actually boys, most of the time there’s not really any goodies and baddies, because both sides think they’re goodies.”
JB: “And sometimes both sides think they’re so right and good that they fight each other to prove their point.”
Seven Year Old: “There’s not much point being right if you’re dead.”
Part 1 – the villain
Four Year Old, earnestly: “Mum, do you know what happened to Darth Vader?”
JB, all ears: “No?”
Four Year Old, in hushed tones: “He went down the dark slide.”
JB [pause]: “Ohhhh….”