My young John’s imagination was wild. All through the day he was a superhero vanquishing monsters and besting villains, feared by evil-doers, all. Sadly, even superheroes have to sleep in the dark. When he was quiet abed, he could feel them creeping out of the shadows, coming for him. Every night, I kissed him, tucked him in, and checked under the bed and in the closet to show him there were no monsters. Switching off the light, I’d leave the door ajar. Soon the light would flip on and I’d hear,a little voice at my ear. ”Mommy, I’m scared.”
Back to bed we’d go, me assuring assuring him there was nothing hiding in the dark. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. After a few trips, I’d enlist Bud’s help. Eventually, fatigue would overtake his fear and he’d drift off. I’ve never been a good sleeper. Every time I awoke, I’d peek in on the kids to make sure they were covered and cozy. One memorable night as I tiptoed in to check on John my toes squished in something cold and wet, not a good feeling for a dog or cat owner. “Crap!” I said, an expletive and likely description of what was squished up between my toes. I hobbled on my heel, toes in the air, driving a spire into the heel of my other foot. Dropping to my knees, I landed on a firetruck. Even in my agony, It was identifiable as a fire truck by the siren and flashing lights. By this time, John was screaming in terror at the invading monster. Bud stormed to the rescue, flipped on the light, ready for action, only to find me me on the floor, PlayDo between my toes with a jack stuck in my heel.
It turns out, my adventurous son had gotten up and constructed traps for monsters about his room. PlayDo mounds were scattered about the carpeted floor. Metal jacks, cars, trucks, and all manner of wheeled toys encircled his bed, Only a winged assailant could have gotten to him. Needless to say, it took a while to figure out what was going on and get the terrified little boy settled back in. My throbbing foot kept me company till morning.