Power in Motherhood: A Collection of Short Stories
By: Melissa Harper | Date: June 30 2019
By Shemaiah Gonzalez
My youngest son is afraid of the monsters in his room.
This has been going on for a while, a long time in the life of a 6-year-old. He’s not normally a fearful child. His motto is “That’s easy!” as he moves from soccer, to violin, to reading. Yet for some reason, his confidence halts when it comes to being upstairs alone.
I noticed it a few years ago, when he wouldn’t go upstairs alone. He would wait for another member of the family, before he’d join them to play with his Legos or change into his pajamas. If I asked him to put away a toy, he’d tense up, begin shaking and sob until his older brother would either accompany him or do it for him.
Then, suddenly, something changed. It no longer became a tug of war. I thought he outgrew it….until. I heard him the other day. I had asked him to put away some clean laundry.
“Hey guys! I just have a couple of things to put away.” I heard him as I listened from the bottom of the stairs. “Hmmm, just some underwear and socks” he said never stopping his narration until he returned downstairs.
“Who were you talking to?” I asked him, sure I knew the answer.
“The monsters in my room,” he answered. “If I talk to them, they don’t bug me.” He shrugged as he walked off.
I stood in amazement knowing this 6-year-old has better coping skills than I do. He took the power into his own hands, figuring out how he could conquer this fear on his own.
I thought about the monsters in my own life, friendships, writing…parenting. I know I have the power within myself to look at these in a new light. It took a 6-year-old to show me the way.
Shemaiah Gonzalez is a freelance writer who thrives on moments where storytelling, art and faith collide. She is obsessed with being well rounded as she jumps from Victorian Lit to Kendrick Lamar from the Homeless Shelter to the Cocktail Party. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Seattle with her husband and their two sons. You can follow her at shemaiahgonzalez.com, Facebook, and Twitter.
Originally posted 2017-04-09 14:49:04.