Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (Part 2)

All the events of our life are materials of which we can make what we will. ~ Novalis There are nightmares, and there are night terrors. And then there are night terrors on steroids. I experienced the latter daily from the time I was two or three until I was seven or so. Usually, we remember nightmares vividly, and we can be awakened, reassured that it was just a bad dream, and comforted. With night terrors, on the other hand, a child seems to have no recollection whatsoever of the horrors they experienced in their dream. There are good examples

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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (Part 1)

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn and that which he will have the most need to know. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau When the hideous, pint-size imps materialized out of the darkness, I froze. My heart skipped a beat as they drew nearer, relentless in their malicious intent. My first instinct was not to turn and run. (One should never turn their back on danger, unless they have eyes in the back of their head.) Instead, I stood defiantly, expectantly. Here we go again. For a long moment, I stopped breathing. Jaw clenched determinedly, I stared

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