Little kids have nightmares. Dragons, giant stining insects and monsters are typical little kid nightmare fodder.
My kid has nightmares about spices.
She is scared to death that “the spices” are going to come get her. They were in her room the other night and a bunch of ladybugs came in to eat them. She also told her dad he had eyes all over his shirt. We had to make sure she really was awake and didn’t sneak out back to lick one of those “magic” toads.
Just so you’re aware, spices don’t come out in the day, only in the dark. They are in bottles and apparently teddy bears eat the spices. We have set up a perimeter of teddy bears around her bed and put a plastic toy hammer in her hand at bedtime in case any of the spices break through the teddy bearrier. (PUN!)
So far it’s worked well, I awake each morning to a nightly spice report, none spotted since Friday night.
Now tell me how in the world does one interpret the dream of a three year old involving parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme? She does call her dad’s kisses spicy, from all of his whiskers, I wonder if him kissing her each night is subconsciously registering as something coming to get her.
How’s that for parenting guilt?
Hey dude, no more kissing your sleeping child, you’re giving her nightmares.