How to sleep soundly.
Most people, I imagine, go to sleep in much the same way. Tiarnan, however, does not. Our little five year old has a way all of his own to approach the world of sleep.
A few nights ago, for instance, his mother went into his bedroom to tuck him into bed and found him laying there dressed in a rather peculiar fashion. He had swimming goggles on and was carrying a water pistol.
Tiarnan noted her curious gaze and observed, cryptically. “I have to protect myself.”
Tiarnan, was clearly, on one of his imaginary adventures. He was preparing himself to enter one of his personal worlds, fully equipped for what he would face.
At first, Syahidah was moved to take off his goggles, but she restrained herself. This was Tiarnan’s adventure, so she had to let him be.
Instead she lay beside him, until he fell asleep. When he was soundly asleep, she carefully took off his swimming goggles and set them to one side. His water pistol still lay beside him. She left it there and crept silently from the room.
Tiarnan had, once again, fallen asleep in his idiosyncratic way. Many a night, he dresses differently for sleep. This, however, is the only occasion he chose goggles and a gun.
It must be said, that of all the children I have had the chance to observe in my life, Tiarnan is the most likely to be an actor, that I have ever seen. Every day he constructs imaginary people and becomes them; imaginary worlds and enters them. I would say his most likely career choices are actor and writer, for they would best embody his character. In a way, I hope he does become an actor, for I fear he might be unhappy were this proclivity to imagine, not expressed, in some deep way.
Sleep on, my adventurous Tiarnan!
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