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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

THERE'S WHAT IN YOUR ROOM?

ANOTHER OVERNIGHT WAKE-UP

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I don't know what is going on in this kid's brain.

I only write about this because I think it's funny, and I'm hopeful many of you mom's and dad's crack a smile because you've been there before.

Ella (the 3 year old) popped into our room again last night. This time it's a 1:30 AM wake-up. I startled awake to her... staring at me. Of course she's exactly at my eye level.

DAD: Ella? What is it?

ELLA: Well... there's a witch in my room.

DAD: Okay. Let's go see.

Now, there are few things I love more than being able to provide comfort and safety to my children. The easy thing would be to scoop her up and bring her in bed, but as some of you have discovered the hard way, that sets a very dangerous precedent. She's never okay in her room. She's climbing in every night. Nobody gets any sleep ever again.

So I try always to get her back into her own bed, and deal with whatever fears she has head on. This night, it was pretty matter-of-fact.

DAD: (upon arriving in Ella's room) Are there any witches in here?

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DAD: (hearing no response) Okay, back to bed.

Funny, she didn't argue. I stayed with her until she fell asleep, and that was that. No witches.

My boss Rob asked this morning, "What would you have done if one of the witches responded 'over here' to your question?"

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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