When we found out we were having girl/boy twins, we designed a gender neutral nursery with the theme: Nursery Rhymes and Storybooks. We decorated it with artwork inspired by Jack and the Bean Stalk, The Princess and the Pea, Alice in Wonderland and The Princess Bride. Since the nursery doesn't have a closet we opted for a series of dressers alongside an old IKEA armoire that previously encased a television that we converted into a children's wardrobe. Only three items remain from the conversion of this room from spare room to nursery: the off white linen curtains**, the PEZ themed light switch cover and a giant "The Cure" poster situated behind the armoire promoting their 1979 Album Boys Don't Cry. We debated moving it, but I was keen on the idea of having a picture in a nursery that had the Motto - Boys Don't Cry embossed on it.
Not necessarily the most traditional nursery decoration
Two nights ago Jack woke up in the middle of the night freaking out and absolutely inconsolable. It was Chris's night on-call, so after three attempts to get Jack back to sleep he ended up crashing out on the couch downstairs with Jack in his arms. The only person who managed to sleep through the 90 minute ordeal was Molly.
The next morning Chris and I were talking about why Jack was up and what was bothering him. Chris mentioned that he kept on talking about the closet and that he explained to Jack that there was no closet in his room. As the day progressed I thought more and more about Jack's issue - I was convinced that it had to be the poster. I called Chris and asked him if Jack had mentioned anything about the poster. "Yes, he kept on asking about the man" and explained to him that the man was Robert Smith and he is a singer from England. Chris had previously told me that he was terrified of some movie posters (ET and Star Wars) he had in his room at night (during the day they were fine) as a child, so we really should have clued in sooner, but didn't and I'm going to blame it on being sleep deprived.
When we returned from work that evening I asked Jack about the poster. He informed me that he did not like it. So when I asked him if he wanted us to take it down, he said yes. We removed Robert from the wall that evening. Jackie was happy that "the bad man*** with the eyes is gone." Molly was indifferent and couldn't care less and even asked to visit the man in his new home. The next day Jack told me that, "The man that lives in the picture is happy now."
I am now sharing my office with Robert Smith. It was bound to happen sooner or later.
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*Guess that was never in the cards, not that I'd change a thing.
**I am currently looking for new, darker curtains in hope that it will make for a more suitable nap environment and am welcoming suggestions.
***Or Batman, he doesn't always enunciate is words.