Trailing Clouds of Zombies

This personal essay draws parallels between zombie apocalypse movies and parenting. The author’s deliberate decision to have a large family reminds him of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, in which the terror comes from the characters’ deliberate decisions about how to survive the sheer number of pervasive and persistent undead. His children are equally “pervasive and persistent, and they outnumber me significantly.” But he finds a “zombie epiphany” in realizing that his panic over the challenges of raising children is calmed by the joy of special moments in which his children teach him to see beauty and joy.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 51:4
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