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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dreaming of Giraffes

Half an hour after lights-out, the soft footfalls of "cover-feet jammies" whisper behind me while I'm typing. As I turn around, Son asks, "Mama, what are you going to dream of?"

Disarmed by the question, I do not urge him back to bed. Instead, I respond seriously, "I don't know, sweetie. Maybe waterfalls."

"Why?"

"Because they are so beautiful and peaceful, and I think they will help me sleep."

"Oh. We-ellll, you could dream of a bad guy." [pause] "If you want."

I look at him a little strangely, perhaps, since that's not the first beautiful and peaceful image that springs to mind.

He continues, "And I could dream of a super-hero." I think I see where this is going, so I pick him up and begin to carry him back to bed. "And then Sister could dream of persons. One hundred and sixty-nine persons. And my super-hero would come and save them, and lock them away so the bad guy couldn't get them." He smiles at me as we enter his room. "He would save the day."

Though I'm not personally obsessed with super-hero rescue scenarios, I am touched by the sweetness of his idea that we will all meet up in our dreams at night. I tuck him back into bed.

"Mama?"


"What, darlin'?"


"What will you really dream of? Waterfalls? Really?"

"Well, maybe." I think he gets that I just made up the first image that popped into my head, so I try to return an honest answer. "Or flying. Those are my very favorite dreams of all. I love to dream that I'm flying."

"Hmmm... How about giraffes? Would you like to dream of giraffes?"

I choke back a giggle. This is in fact apropos of something: He knows these are my favorite animals, and he's clearly trying to offer me something better than a bad guy dream. "Yes, sweetie, that would be very nice."

"Okay then,"
he says in a smiling, sleepy voice. "I want you to dream of giraffes."

"All right, my son. Good night."

"Good night, Mama. I love you."

If ever, in the history of the world, there was a more endearing bedtime procrastination, I cannot imagine what it was.

14 comments:

Jo said...

That was just the sweetest thing ever. What a wonderful young man you are raising. He has a beautiful heart.

MIQuilter said...

It's so nice that he changed from wanting you to dream about bad guys to dreaming about giraffes. Also, I didn't notice until this pic how much your dog looks like a giraffe. Coincidence? I think not.

LceeL said...

Just when I needed a shot of sweet - there you are. Thanks.

Cocoa said...

What a thoughtful little guy! My daughter's favorite animal is also the giraffe.

Tara R. said...

So very sweet... superheroes and giraffes. You have a very cool kid.

We are THAT Family said...

Those are the endearing moments we remember forever! So sweet.

Amy said...

That is very sweet!

Meanwhile my daughter came downstairs 2 minutes after I tucked her in and said, "I had a bad dream."

Your son is clearly better at effective post bedtime conversation then my daughter is.

Sandy C. said...

Oh so sweet! What a kind little guy you have there :) My heart melts just reading about it.

foolery said...

This made me sad, because I would have just yelled at the child for getting up. We have some bedtime issues to work through. At least, I do.

Mr Lady said...

His eerily specific vision of superhero and bad-guys and exactly one hundred and sixty nine by-standers has me feeling a bit spooked. Mothman spooked. Just throwing it out there.

PS: ADVICE? *ahem* I LIVE for your advice. :)

BusyDad said...

hmmm collective dreaming. That is actually very cool. They have lucid dreaming seminars. I would pay to go to a collective dreaming seminar. Write that one down! I want to be the superhero though. Can I reserve that?

Kelly said...

You are raising a little dreamer with a big beautiful heart. You must be so proud.
Thank you for sharing that little bit of lovely.

Sweet dreams, darlin.

MultiplesMommy said...

To sleep, perchance to dream, aye, there's the rub...

MommyTime said...

Foolery, don't worry, I get all testy sometimes too. But this does make me stop and think about what can happen if I don't...

Mr. Lady, he's just into details like that. Always. With everything.

 

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