The Nightmare

Scary things happen when Mommy applies hand sanitizer

While sleeping, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I rolled over to see my daughter, Nee, standing in the faint light of the digital clock that displayed 3:30 a.m.

“What’s wrong, sweetheart?” I asked.

“I had a bad dream,” she replied. I pulled her close to me and gave her a big hug.

“It’s okay,” I said. “You don’t have to be afraid any more.” I exited the bed, slid into my slippers, and grabbed Nee’s hand. She was still shaking as I led her back upstairs to her bedroom. I squeezed her hand slightly to give her some reassurance.

In her room, I tucked Nee in the bed and kneeled beside her.

“Tell me about the nightmare,” I said.

“I dreamed Mommy was being mean to us,” she said. “And then she turned bad.”

“What do you mean by ‘she turned bad’?” I asked.

“She started putting poisoned hand-sanitizer into our ears,” she said.

“You know Mommy would never do anything like that, right?” I said.

“I know,” Nee said.

“Now go back to sleep, sweetheart,” I said.

“Okay, Daddy,” she replied.

I pulled the sheets over her shoulders and gave her a kiss on the forehead.

“Daddy loves you,” I said.

“I love you too, Daddy,” she said as she curled up under the covers.

When I re-entered my bed, I awakened my wife, KayEm.

“Where have you been?” she asked.

“Nee had a nightmare,” I said. “I took her back upstairs.”

“What was her dream about?” she asked

“You don’t want to know.”

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at