Monday, October 21, 2013

Playing Freud

In Portland, during play dates my kids would build forts, play capture the flag or dress up. Every now and then dolls would make an appearance. Swords were a no-brainer.

It seems, however, things are different in McLean.

"So what were you playing at your friend's house?" I asked my daughter the other evening as I was making dinner.

"Therapist," she said.

"Therapist!?! How do you play therapist?"

"It's like this, Mom. One person lies on the bed and the other person sits in a chair and asks the person on the bed how they're feeling. Whether they're sad, happy and if so, why."


"So, what?"

"When it was your turn to lie on the bed what did you say?"

She looked at me and sighed the kind of sigh I'm sure is foreshadowing for the coming years where it will be proven, unequivocally, like a mathematical equation that I know nothing, absolutely nothing at all.

"Mom," she said "the things you say in therapy, stay in therapy."

"Like Las Vegas?" I asked.

"What do you mean? What happens in Las Vegas?"


And that's how we ended the conversation, because even if my daughter is telling her pretend therapist things she won't tell me and has a mother who doesn't understand the rules of the game at least I still know the slogan for the biggest city in Nevada.

Which is something.

Sort of.

I'm going to hold on to that and hope autumnal love for Dr. Freud turns into an unexpected spring fling with Capture the Flag.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is a really weird game for kids to play...
Your Vegas slogan knowledge trumps hers, though.

Barbara Watson said...

Interesting game...I wonder if they're making things up or sharing real things... :-)

ilima said...

Haha! Thanks for my laugh-out-loud moment of the day. The guy who invented that Vegas slogan is actually my friend's dad, and we bought our car from him. Kind of sad that my claim to fame is that I drive the car of the dude who invented the stays-in-Vegas saying. Maybe I should see a therapist. :)

Julie Flanders said...

I've never heard of kids playing this game. What the heck?? LOL I know even less than you do, clearly.

Beylit said...

When I was in 6th grade I can remember at slumber parties my friends would drag me into closets and sit and tell me their issues calling it therapy. I thought it was weird then but I always believed good friends listened to one another. It was never considered a game though.

Kids are weird.

Joanne Noragon said...

From a child's mouth on the therapist bed:"My mom said what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Or perhaps her friend is already familiar with that theme.

Carol Kilgore said...

The teen years will be such fun :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Heavy sighs...get used to them kiddo, they only increase with the years.

Games should be fun things, imo, and playing therapist doesn't fall into that category but, perhaps it's fun to hear the secrets.

Love the rebuttal and I bet she's thinking about it. :-)

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Dianne K. Salerni said...

That is pretty weird.

When my sister's family moved to Kansas, my nephew was sad to discover that kids didn't want to play imaginative games with action figures or props. They ONLY wanted to play sports or video games.

That's sad (in my opinion) but not as weird at Therapist!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

That's so cute, really! In my day we played "store" and "house" and stuff we didn't want our mothers to know about (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). "Therapist" is just a modern extension of those games, I guess! Kudos to her for not spilling the beans!

Johanna Garth said...

Alex, I was happy I still have some knowledge about something :)

Barbara, that's what I wanted to know!

Ilima, that's so cool and funny!

Julie, so weird, right?

Beylit, very strange, but I like a little strange :)

Joanne, yes, I'm sure she was!

Carol, I DREAD them!

Sia, thanks. I think it was a secret sharing game :)

Dianne, no shortage of imagination games at my house. Sometimes I beg my kids to stop playing!

Cathy, she NEVER spills the beans!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Lol! Oh my. Very interesting.

Hart Johnson said...

HA! Maybe after you've been there a while, there will be games of 'legal debate'. We'll just have to hope the playing doctor goes differently than when we were kids and that nobody EVER gets desperate enough to play accountant.

Unknown said...

Wow, I'm pretty sure we never played that game when I was little! Interesting. I wonder what issues they were working through!