"I'm scared from the dark," Olivia said last night, crying huge tears.
"Why are you scared of the dark?" I asked.
"Because it gets in my eyes and then I can't see and then when it gets light it hurts my eyes."
Of course. Why else would a child be scared 'from' the dark? I was figuring Olivia would say because there are monsters under the bed, or in the closet, or there are things that go 'bump' in the night.
Nope. It's because the dark gets in her eyes and she can't see.
My cure for that sobbing fit last night was to crawl under the cover with Olivia and snuggle with her until she was snoring. That, and leaving the hallway light on until we went to bed.
I get the whole 'fear of the dark' thing. I've been afraid of the dark at times too.
I remember finishing "IT" by Stephen King when I was about 15 years old, and sleeping with my lights on for an entire week. I was scared the demonic clown was under my bed.
After watching "Aliens" at home alone one night I slept with the lights on.
When I lived alone I always had nightlights in every room.
On 9/11 I slept with lights on in my duplex.
And to this day, I cannot go to sleep with the closet door open. I've watched "Monsters, Inc." - you never know what lurks in your closet at night.