The Spouse and I take turns putting the The Child to bed. This is a fair and balanced system designed to give each other a break from pleading with our daughter to “just go the fuck to sleep.” I was, long ago, barred from any attempt at lullabies (“Dad, your songs sound like things are breaking.”) and to be quite honest I only know so many bedtime stories. The tales I’ve been trying to make up have had a specific effect. For instance:
The first time we went to Disneyland my daughter saw the big princess castle in the middle and shrieked, “Dad! It’s Princess Zelda’s castle! We can ask her about fighting Gannon!”
Yup, I’ve been rummaging through the mythos of my own upbringing to amuse The Child and send her off to sleep. I spent my youth plugged into a Nintendo and internalizing the animated “classics” of the 80’s*. I also read the nerdiest of books: sci-fi, fantasy and choose-your-own-adventure. Due to my class schedule and some busy spouse work nights I had a few shifts in a row of putting The Child to bed, so we began crafting the greatest story ever told. Let me introduce you to:
Bolenarrow – An Elf warrior dressed in green – speedy and agile.
Strong Don – A Fighter of great power wearing pink – resilient but simple.
Bededdee – An aged Wizard in blue – fragile but wise.
This is Bededdee. She drew the characters. Thats right, my child ‘rolled’ these three unique entities. D&D style we set off and at each major crossroads The Child would make a choice or come up with a solution.
Stay tuned as the journey unfolds.