Here's the picture I found this morning on our coffee table:
In the top left corner is a boy scribbled over in black, he has an arrow next to his feet pointing to a heart and breathing fire onto the house. I interpreted this to be Matthew burning the house down and not having a heart. At the bottom of the house is a boy smiling holding a bloody knife, which I interpreted as Matthew. There are three ghosts with stabbed hearts in the house which appear to be throwing up blood, I interpreted this to be myself and Matthews two brothers.
I started freaking out......I contacted some of my other Moms who get "it" and they calmed me down. They told me to take a breath and just ask him to tell me about the picture when he gets home. Don't react, thank him for sharing his feelings with me and keep the conversation open.
So tonight after Matthew and I played a few rounds of Speed, I pulled out the picture and asked him to tell me what was happening in the story.
Here is the explanation:
There was a Halloween drawing contest at school. He drew this picture of a black crow shooting lava at a house. The good guy is going into the house to kill the evil vampire ghosts. The ghost have broken hearts because they asked a girl out and she said no. He didn't win the contest, another kid who had a picture of evil zombies won. He was pretty mad he didn't win.
I totally overreacted, MY PTSD took over, LOL.
Let this be a lesson for you, don't freak out till you get all the facts :)