this week the words are....clown, tunnels, children, nightmares, water, friends and/or visions, red, courage, asthma, recurrence, hide.
here we go:
It takes courage to face the nightmares and the visions each and every night. Alone in the dark you find yourself in an endless tunnel. The sound of the furnace fan is the wind blowing, the bathroom tap gurgles with its unshed water and sounds like a dying breath. You are alone and friendless. The only place to hide is under the blankets. Then, you hear the footsteps and the recurrence of the nightly terror begins. A red glow penetrates the darkness of your room coming closer and closer. A crackly voice whispers in your ear, “Children should all be asleep at this time of night.”. There is a rasping cough.
She takes her hand off the lens of the flashlight and the room lights up “Yes dear?”
“Is your asthma bad again?”
“Yes, it is. Now….stop your clowning around in here and get to sleep. School tomorrow.”
“Okay Mom…love you.”
She leaves grinning and shaking her head. Every single night, the same thing. It never gets old for either of them.