In my last post I shared Jarin's poem:
There was a bad dream in my bed.
I slept in my bed.
I slept in my bed for a long time.
I got up out of my bed.
Then I thought it was day time.
I've been Jarin's teacher for the past three years, and one of the things I've learned about him is that he tends to be a pretty concrete guy. He didn't tell a lot of stories and when he did it tended to be nonfiction, usually autobiographical.
After reading the poem/story, Jarin's mom Leslie responded by email: (For the sake of clarity, Jarin has a younger brother.)
This story sheds some light on why he would spontaneously change beds. We’ve packed 3 beds in the boy’s room (including bunk beds). Over the past year, they have played “musical beds”. Often, they would start in one bed, and when I checked on them later, they were cuddled together in a different bed. At one point, a few months ago, Jarin refused to sleep in one of the beds. He said there were bad dreams in it. I just rolled with his explanation – seemed reasonable. He has not slept in that bed alone for some time. Funny!
I'm compelled by the image of his bad dream living outside himself. It's a wonderful literary device. His is an epic poem about the attempt to sleep in a bed with a bad dream. He tried to sleep with it for "a long time" -- until it was "day time". And even if "a long time" meant 5 minutes and even if day time was 9:28 p.m., it felt like a long time and he sure "thought" it was time to get up. This is a small story of great courage. I don't think I could have lasted even that long in bed with a bad dream.
And what a brilliant solution! Just get into the other bed! Listen up people!