My 10-year-old walked past a promotional poster for The Conjuring last week, and spent that night, wide-eyed and clawing at his sheets, terrified of falling asleep and into the nightmare-from-hell. He couldn't get the image out of his buzzing little brain.
He's never even seen the movie, not so much as a frame, but it didn't matter a jot.
My older son, meanwhile, could watch reruns of Halloween, Friday The 13th and I Know What You Did Last Summer then play a full game of Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil and still be blissfully snoring within minutes. (If his 'mean' mother ever allowed him, of course.) He's always slept like the proverbial bub and scary stories/sights seem to go straight over his head.
Is he the lucky one? Or is his brother?
My youngest may have an over-active imagination, one that keeps (us all) up at night, but I can't help wondering whether it's a gift in disguise. He's suffering, sure, but he's also a very creative character with a wonderful way with words. He can whip up a gripping story and take you into an imaginary world with incredible ease for his age (and spelling capacity).
Maybe his unsettled sleep is a small price to pay for a lifetime of conjuring?
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