I Know it Sounds Hard to Believe

Photo: Lisbon, Portugal. 2007. Jordan David Allen.

For fear of glamorizing or encouraging violent behavior, my parents strictly forbade any toy weapons in the house during my early childhood. As my mom tells it, they eventually gave up on this prohibition after I gradually wore them down by turning nearly any available household kitchen item into a toy weapon anyway. An elongated wooden kitchen spoon was close enough to a sword for all my four-year-old brain was concerned.