A Bedtime Story

Aria often asks me to make up stories and songs. The melodies of the songs are always hodgepodges of lots of melodies I’ve heard before but the stories are my own. Some are incredibly lame and a struggle to complete but some seem to take off and build on their own. I can see the illustrations in my mind’s eye and think of ways to expand it. Here is one such tale, weaved and sung on the fly during one bedtime not so long ago.

Note: Space has been a recent theme in our house.

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Two little girls stood in their backyard, looked up at the night sky and dreamed of dancing through the red dust of Mars and bouncing on the moon and flying through the stars.

Sisters, they climbed together to the highest point of the tallest tree in their yard and reached their hands toward the sky. They reached and reached and reached and finally their fingertips just touched the velvety midnight blue. They swirled their hands, sending the stars into a spiral of twinkling lights. They laughed and swayed in the tree while the stars danced above them. Then two stars shot across the sky and dropped gently into their hands, the tails showering them in stardust. The girls glowed brightly as they held the stars, still warm from their flight.

The stars twinkled and winked. The girls stared at them a long time, then each girl put her star in her pocket, climbed down the tree and went inside. Their parents tucked them into bed and kissed them goodnight, smudging the stardust they’d insisted on not washing off. The girls giggled when they saw their mama and daddy’s lips glowing from the stardust kisses.

After their parents slipped out, each girl reached into her pocket and pulled out the star and held it in her hands. The stars twinkled and winked and the girls seemed to hear them sing,

Toss us up high
and we will watch over you
as you dream sweet dreams
of flying through the sky
and bouncing on the moon.

The sisters reached out and tossed the stars up to the ceiling. They twinkled and winked and hung in the air, glowing each night and watching over the girls’ dreams as they grew.

When they were grown up, the girls became astronauts. One day, they took a trip into space, flying through the stars together, dancing in the red dust of Mars and bouncing high on the Moon. Then, each girl pulled a star from her pocket and held it in her hands. The stars twinkled and winked. The girls said, “You’ve watched over our dreams for many years. Now, it is time for you to return home.” Each girl gave her star a kiss and their lips glowed; then they tossed their stars in the air. The stars hung there for a moment, twinkled and winked their goodbyes, then shot across the sky, the bright tails showering them in stardust.

When their journey through space was done, the sisters traveled home to the same house they’d grown up in. Their first night home the girls looked up into the night sky from their backyard, climbed to the highest point of the tallest tree and reached to touch the velvety midnight blue. As they swirled the stars around they saw two shoot across the sky together and hang high above them, twinkling and winking. They seemed to sing,

We will watch over you
as you dream sweet dreams
of flying through the sky
and bouncing on the moon
and visiting us soon.

***The End***

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