toby’s bad dream

Toby woke up from his afternoon nap yesterday in a terrible state – really agitated and wide-eyed scared. It turned out that he’d had a dream in which he was taken away by a character in one of his books – On the Day You Were Born. One minor detail is that this book (you can see if you click on the Look Inside link in the Amazon page) doesn’t actually have any characters – there’s a picture of a person dancing through parts of the world, like on beaches, through forests etc, and Toby thinks this character is called Dayyouwereborn. So he was very upset that Dayyouwereborn had taken him away in his dream, and of course he was worried about it last night when he had to go to bed. We had a long discussion about how Dayyouwereborn only lives in the book and wouldn’t get into his bed, and certainly wouldn’t take him away. He believed me enough to go to sleep but when he came to our bed in the night we saw that he had taken all his stuffed toys through with him too, so that they wouldn’t be taken away either.

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  1. [...] Readers may remember a couple of months ago that Toby had a bad dream involving the dayyouwereborn character, who is in one of his favorite books, which is about how the earth welcomes you on the day you were born. There is a simply drawn character who dances through the book, which Toby thinks is actually called Dayyouwereborn – if you look at this picture you’ll see dayyouwereborn in the middle of the world. So yesterday we were down at Lake Calhoun, where incidentally Toby ran at considerable speed for over half a mile non-stop, and dayyouwereborn made an appearance. Not in person, but Toby saw some signs for the handicap parking spaces in the parking lot outside the grocery store, and said “Look, dayyouwereborn in the chair is looking at the grocery store.” [...]

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