Photo-A-Day #1937

So, it is 2:00am and I hear Eva crying. Then sure enough she comes padding into our room talking about how the shadows are scaring her. Shadows have become Eva’s fear of choice lately and I’m pretty sure that this is coming from watching the Tiana movie “The Princess and the Frog”. There is a character in the movie called the Shadowman and there are scary shadows that go after the main characters and can grab them and drag them off.

There is something about Disney movies. Each one of them has scary parts to them, there always seems to be a conflict that can be scary every few moments. For the most part, we love the Princess and the Frog and Eva introduces herself as Tiana over and over. But she is becoming more and more scared of shadows. So, early this morning I was sitting by her bed introducing her to a “ShadowBlaster”. The problem was that the flashlight I was using was not easily turned on and off by a child.

Photo Information

Date Taken: July 28, 2010
Camera: Nikon Corporation (Aff Link)
Model: NIKON D80 (My Flickr)
ISO: 1000
Exposure: 0.625 sec
Aperture: 11.0
Focal Length: 62mm
Flash Used: No
Mode: Aperture w/MF
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm

The idea for a “ShadowBlaster” was the character of Raymond from The Princess and the Frog. Ray as he is called is a Cajun Firefly. He is a real heroic firefly too and he can shatter shadows with his light. So, that was the idea I was thinking of when I went into her room at 2:00am. I’d give her the flashlight and she could whip it up to the wall and “Boom” the shadow is gone. She loved that and I figured all was well and she would go back to bed. 3 more trips into our room later and she was finally asleep. The first trip after she got her ShadowBlaster was so that she could tell Allison all about it. Cracked me up.

Because the flashlight I had was not able to be turned on and off by a child I stopped by Target on the way home and I picked up a kids flashlight and on top of that it was a Disney Princess themed one, so I guess we come around full circle. What would have made that circle complete would have been if it was a Princess and the Frog themed one.

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7 Responses to “Eva’s ShadowBlaster”

  1. Mo says:

    Awesome idea! That part is creepy! When I watch Little Mermaid with Gina I hit the “skip” button every time Ursula shows up. I’m pretty sure my cousins still haven’t seen The Lion King because it’s too emotionally scary! I know it’s an element of the fairy tale…but not a great friend to the parents of the kids it scares the bejesus out of!!!! Kudos on the Shadowblaster!!

  2. Andy says:

    That is the marketing genius of disney for you. They produce a movie that seems great for children but put some scary elements in there which produce a fear of shadows in a child. However there is nothing to fear Disney will happily sell you the cure. All you need is a disney themed flash light to make the shadows go away.

    Imagine if they were really trying to sell flashlights by making scary movies, ever worse imagine if it were some company with a less benevolent public face. Take BP for example. I am sure you child will love purple O’s cereal they are great the one drawback is they turn your child purple and cause screaming fits but not to worry you can buy Anti O’s at you local drug store for only $19.95

    Brilliant glad you were able to solve the issue.
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  3. Deborah says:

    LOL, too cute. Every kid needs a shadow blaster. Good thinking Dad.
    Look at what Deborah wrote blog post ..Violent Weather In Colorado

  4. […] Shadows are a big issue these days, and even though Eva has her very own Princess themed ‘ShadowBlaster‘. Eva pointed to where the shadow was hiding. I pointed it to the spot with the […]

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