Dalia reports that she sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night because of nightmares. The nightmares and anxiety have intensified ever since I tried to make my kids watch Gremlins. We only made it 1/3 of the way through as it got too scary for them. Now, there is concern that Gremlins may be in closets or under beds.
It must be pretty scary to wake up in the middle of the night, convinced an evil Gremlin is staring at you in your closet, just waiting for you to fall asleep so it can bite out your eyeballs. She probably pulls up her blanket over her head, leaving a sliver open to peek out, squinting to feign sleep, and seeing if the Gremlin makes his move.
The Gremlin holds his ground, most likely because it knows you are pretending you’re asleep and he does not want to lose the element of surprise. This waiting game cannot go on forever, it is in the middle of the night and someone needs to make a move. Dalia decides her best bet is to head for safer ground to the protection of her parents. Her impromptu armor is a tightly wrapped pink fuzzy blanket and she grabs two or three stuffed animal sentinels to make the 50 foot sprint from end one of the house to the parent’s room at the other end of the corridor.
She is ready as she will ever be, she rolls out of bed and shuffles her feet within the blanket’s cocoon to get her down the hallway as fast as possible. She approaches our bedroom and announces, “I’m scared, I am sleeping in your bed”, without breaking stride, she looses the blanket’s grip and leaps into the safety of our bed. Dad rolls over, kicks the black dog, and Mom gently calms her back to sleep.