Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Here There Be Monsters!

In every child's room lurks some figment of their imagination that causes them great distress. Be it a hairy beast named Burt, a slimy worm creature from the depth's of the pile of clothes and toys on their floor, or a growling tooth beast that resides under the bed.

The Bear is no exception. Some nights when we lay him down to sleep, he is very tense and tells us he is scared of "Monsurrs".

Several weeks ago, DramaMama had a stroke of genius. She got out a can of room deodorizer, and told him it was monster spray. We sprayed the room down with it, and told him that monsters don't like the smell of monster spray, so they stay away.

Last night, the Bear came to his mommy and said that we needed to spray again because it wore off. Two nights ago, he came down and ended up sleeping with us, because he was scared to death of "the brothers on the handle." Neither of us had a clue what he was talking about.

So, I got the monster spray, and went to work on his room. The Bear pointed to the doorknob and said something the brothers in the handle again. Ahhhhhh! Apparently he was seeing a reflection in his doorknob that was causing him distress.

I squirted the doorknob full on. Then sprayed down the rest of the room. This seemed to ease his stress. I started reading to him, and he kept looking over at the doorknob. But I pointed out that they weren't there because I sprayed it. He was fine after that.

Hats off to a smart mom, and to whoever came up with the monster spray idea.

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At February 08, 2006 7:49 PM, Blogger peebugg said...

great idea!!!!!

I got my boys small flash lights that they keep under their pillows...

I'm thinking the spray would be cheaper than buying batteries every week...and would smell a whole lot better....

At February 09, 2006 6:52 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Cute idea guys!

At February 09, 2006 7:49 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Monster Spray! Ingenious!

I needed that for when I was in 5th grade and our teach let us watch Running Man and this other movie about monsters coming from under the bed and steeling children...bringing them down to their you know what movie I'm talking about. I can't recall what is was called. (it had to be the end of the 80s when the movie was done) I should go search for it. I had nightmares for years over that.

If my mom had known they'd shown us those movies in class the teacher would have had hell to pay. MY mom was very strict in what she let us imagination had never gone so far as the movie brought me.

At February 10, 2006 11:11 AM, Blogger The Imperfect Christian said...

That's too funny! Do you think it would work on my brother's bill collectors??

At February 10, 2006 11:00 PM, Blogger Seawave said...

Gotta love that monster spray!!!

I went through a phase of being frightened of the mirror on my dresser because of horror stories told at school of children being taken into the mirror by dead people. Reading your story brings back that memory with a bit of a chuckle, but also with the reality of the intensity of that fear.

Great solution DramaMama!!!

At February 11, 2006 3:50 PM, Blogger WendyWings said...

Great solution, the brothers on the handle sounds like a rap group to me though LOL

At February 11, 2006 5:58 PM, Blogger WendyWings said...

BTW swing by my site sometime soon and see if you can guess the lie :)

At February 12, 2006 1:01 PM, Blogger PresentStorm said...

That is a cute idea...Much like my husbands bad dream spray that he uses with out lil one ...He would spray her pillow and the whole room down as he tucked her in with "bad dream " spray so that none would come ....It waorked every single time :)

At February 12, 2006 1:03 PM, Blogger PresentStorm said...

*ooops I forgot to say our spray wasn't actual spray though ....just an imaginary can being sprayed with the spray noises being made by Daddy !!!

At February 12, 2006 6:50 PM, Blogger Jetting Through Life said...

Genious!!! Mommy-of-the-Year award goes to DramaMama!

I will be using that if I have to.

Take care!!


At February 13, 2006 6:08 PM, Blogger Shane said...

curses, all this time i've been living in needless fear when I could have sprayed those monsters away.

At February 13, 2006 9:31 PM, Blogger Dave said...

It is still working! He hasn't had any issues going to bed yet.


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