A boy of five is sleeping alone in his own new room. It’s his first time to sleep without his parents.

In the middle of the night, he sat up swiftly waking up from a very bad dream. He’s catching his breath feeling so terrified. He realized it was just a nightmare so he lied down to go back to sleep. He paused… He felt his heart beating so fast. He’s so confused what it is so he screamed at the top of his lungs.

“Mom! Mom! Moooooom!!! Mom! Help!”

His mother ran towards him, still sleepy. She sat beside him worried and anxious about his son.

“Oh, darling, what’s the matter?” she asked him

“Mom, I-I-I think I accidentally ate a live fish! A-a-and it’s trying to get out through my chest!” he told his mother almost crying out of fear.

His mom chuckled, “Son, you didn’t eat a live fish.”

“I didn’t? How do you know?” he questioned her with a skeptical look.

“It’s your heartbeat, silly,” she replied pointing his left chest.

An image flashed in the boy’s mind when he heard “heartbeat – beat!” An idea dawned on him.

She continued, “Your heart beats fast when you’re scared, nervous or when you’re in love. I remember the first time I met your dad – ”

Her son interrupted “Mom, you’re right! I didn’t eat a live fish… I ate drum sticks and IT’S BEATING MY HEART!!!”

“Go back to sleep…”

1 Comment »

  1. Dugutigui Said:

    Great story, an unexpected ending 🙂 Who said childhood is easy …

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