Day 13: A Beautiful Mess 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge
Title: Before Bedtime 2nd Wind
Keeping the Boogey-Man Away
Hulali is still working on sleeping on her own. She wakes up and still climbs into our bed. If I’m still up when she wakes up, I simply console her and lie with her until she is fast asleep. In the room are curtains with a large tropical foliage pattern. In the dark, she imagines the pattern as monsters. She said the dark makes the leaves into monsters. I say “No. It’s just leaves and always will be leaves. It just looks different in the dark but like I said, it’ll always be leaves.” And then she insisted again in a different sassy way: “Yeah! That’s what I said! The dark makes the leaves into monsters!” And then I say “No. You are turning the leaves into monsters by imagining it in your head. Just remember that it’ll always be leaves just like I said. Think of leaves. Leaves are pretty and they’re good.” Silence. End of discussion.
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