Finn told me that last night he had a dream about a sad train conductor. Said he couldn’t get his sad face out of his head. I didn’t know what to say because sometimes the things he says catch me off guard. We ended up with an Inside Out analogy about sadness being an important emotion and I think it helped him a little bit.

I tell him that there is no such thing as monsters and we don’t check under the bed or do cupboard sweeps before sleeping. But he’s going to have nightmares. He had one after reading Dr. Seuss’s story about the pale green pants with nobody inside them. He had one about his classmate’s mom hurting me with a stick.

We made a dream catcher yesterday but I haven’t hung it above his bed yet. He’s been asking me to make one with him for months after we saw the children in Goodnight Moon making them. I think I’ve been putting it off because – what if he has a bad dream when the dream catcher is up on the wall?

I love this boy’s mind. But sometimes I want to wrap it up in cotton wool so he never has to think about pale green pants or violent soccer moms or the sad conductor.

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