Play your old videotape of nuclear terror TV movie “The Day After” and sit with your arms around both your kids as the low production values scream across the TV screen. At the end of the movie, say to your kids, “That’s what was scary to me when I was a kid. Was it scary to you guys?”
Your kids will shake their heads no.
“Well what scares you then?”
“Mom leaving us,” they’ll say.
All three of you will look out the window and watch your wife pack the trunk of that guy Rick’s car. Occasionally, she’ll cry a little and Rick will pull her into an embrace and kiss her forehead.
“Can we go with her?” your kids will ask.
“She doesn’t want you,” say. “She doesn’t want any of us.”
Leave your kids to watch their own little horror movie through the living room window and go into the kitchen to drink gin at the breakfast table.
Happy Watch “The Day After” With Your Kids Day!