A Haunting Realization

So, I have binge-watched The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix just like everyone and their mom lately, and I must say – it’s left quite a mark on me. Not just because I’m a baby when it comes to horror (hello, overactive imagination with a side of agoraphobia), but because I have children. Oh, why must I love horror and getting scared so badly but have to deal with such an mess afterwards? Ask me how well I’ve been sleeping. Hint: I’m not.

If you haven’t watched this amazing, masterpiece of a show yet or if you’re in the process of watching it, halt! There may be some spoilers up ahead.

The show is basically This is Us plus horror, which is right up my alley.

What I mean by that is that it’s full of the family drama, the character development that we all love in a show: the timeline jumps between past and present times, family conflict, a little bit of dark humor… but it will scare the living shit out of you. It made me whimper-scream, look away, and chant “no, no, no” quite a few times. The show touches on a lot of deep subjects, and one of them was how, as a parent, you have no real way of protecting your children from the world out there. Olivia, the mother of the 5 children (two of them are twins – what are the odds), expresses this anxiety she feels, like a rock deep in her gut. I can absolutely relate to that thought, and I bet so can other moms.

It’s a scary thought, realizing that you have no control over what your children will be like once they’ve grown. You can only do so much – you can shelter them, make sure they have the bet childhood, keep them away from potentially traumatic events, protect them from the outside world. There’s no way to predict what will happen to them, no matter how much you try to keep them safe.

And that’s a bit of a scary, unsettling, anxiety-filled thought.

In the end, I do agree with another point that is made by Hugh, the father of the 5 children and Olivia’s husband – that’s all part of being a parent. It’s what we’ve agreed to, what we signed up for when we decided to raise little ones. It’s a double-edged sword. You can only protect them against all of life’s monsters for so long until they become haunted.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, before I even started watching the show. I find it somewhat ironic that the show talked about it. It’s like life knows what to throw at me, and how to communicate with me. And, even though I wholeheartedly agree with Olivia and Hugh’s points, I will never reach the same insane conclusion that Olivia reaches in the show. Never.

That was the most chilling thing about the show.

Parenting is rough, it’s absolutely sacrificial. Of course we know beforehand that there are certain requirements and such to be good parents, but nothing truly prepares you for it. It gives me a new idea for a show – Parenting, A Haunting.

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