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Monster in the Closet

For many of us bedtime brought concerns about something going bump in the night. Perhaps fear that stemmed from a scary story we read or a movie that was a bit too intense.

Unfortunately the monster under the bed could have been in the form of a family member, friend or neighbor.

In many cases we called upon our parents. They would come into our bedroom like the calvary, armed with a flashlight to search under the bed or in the closet.

Our rescuers assured us our bedroom was safe. Maybe our parent prayed with us, stayed with us until we fell asleep or read us another story.

Offering verbal assurance or a kiss on the forehead they were gone and we drifted off to sleep.

On January 6, 2021 we learned the monster is real. The monster is us, our friend, co-worker, our neighbor, our doctor, our child’s teacher. You get it.

The monster lives in our worse fears, fear of loss of power, loss of privilege, loss of status, fear of being left behind or forgotten.

We hear about the Browning of America, voices not being heard, people unable to breath, anger off the chart, mental health issues at an all time high.

I said this before, the table is large enough for all of us. We cannot sit at the table if the table is burned down.

Now more than ever, We, the parents who assure our children they are safe. We, the parents and adults who armed with flashlights secure the bedroom must remember who we are.

Yes, the monster in the closet is real. We are real and we are woke.

We are the parents and adults who regulate our emotions and keep our children safe.


Tammy Austin

Therapy Unchained

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