Last night, Nathan was looking at some of Dave's Hot Wheels and he found the model of the Ghostbusters car. He asked me if the Ghostbusters were real.
I explained that they were pretend and kept on doing what I was doing.
After a few minutes, he asked me another question: Ghosts are real though, right?
Now, I believe in ghosts and I've told him this before, so I didn't have a problem saying so again. I told him that not everyone agrees but I believe ghosts are real.
Nathan left to go do something else and I continued with my task until it suddenly hit me. I just basically told my son (who already has anxiety issues) that the monsters are real but the people who fight the monsters aren't.
It doesn't seem to have bothered him. He's much more focused on ticks right now, after one of his Cub leaders explained about Lyme disease and why it's important to wear long sleeves and long pants when going hiking. Thus far, he's discovered 3 "ticks" in a panic (respectively: a marker dot, sock fluff and a freckle) and needs to be coaxed to go outside.
We've had long talks on the likelihood of catching Lyme disease and what are reasonable precautions. Hopefully that will help.
As for the ghosts, we'll see if it becomes an issue.