This time the Monsters are real
Monsters lurked under the bed and crouched in the closet when our boys were young.
I heard the boys stirring through the door we left ajar. Peeking in, I asked, “What’s wrong?”
“There’s a monster under the bed, ” one whispered. But who could tell in the dim light that shown from the hall?
I told them, “There’s no monster.”
For good measure I added, “Monsters aren’t real.” But, they didn’t believe me. When you’re young, monsters are real. It doesn’t matter what grown ups say.
One night I believed the monsters were real.
“Shhhh!! Where are they?” I whispered with the concern only monsters inspire. By this time I was crouching, arms extended, like a ninja warrior.
“Under the bed, ” Mark the younger, whispered from the lower bunk. (Matt had claimed the upper bunk due to higher status.) I dove under the bed grabbing the monster by the throat. He nearly bit me, but he didn’t.
Arms flailing and legs kicking, I wrestled the beast. I almost went under. Eventually, the beast weakened enough for me to drag him out and run to the bathroom – where I flushed the monster down.
Breathless, but emboldened, I returned to whisper, “Any more monsters in here?” Matt whispered, there’s one in the closet. Surprisingly, I defeated that one as well.
It’s comforting when someone believes the monsters are real.
The people around you see monsters; you’re harsh, someone else got the promotion, they’re under-appreciated and over-worked.
It doesn’t matter if you believe harshness is a monster under the bed or not.
You might try, “Oh, please forgive me. I didn’t intend to be harsh. What can I do to show my gentle side?”
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