- .Little Miss Muffet
- Sat on a tuffet,
- Eating her curds and whey;
- Along came a spider,
- Who sat down beside her
- And frightened Miss Muffet away.
But when the sun sets and bed time approaches, little Miss Faith turns into little Miss Muffet. While this little tom girl (she's equal parts prissy girl and active tom boy) plays outdoors all day, under a canopy of 80-year-old trees, digging in the dirt, running with her dog, once she gets into bed, she has an awful case of entomophobia (fear of insects). She lies in bed and not only imagines bugs in her room, on the walls and the ceilings, but she actually does find some. She calls her dad into her room several times before falling asleep to kill a tiny spider on the ceiling or a mosquito fluttering around the nightlight. Her eyes are very busy while she lies waiting for sleep to come.
Last night the situation came to a head. She'd had a bad dream in the wee hours of the night before, one so bad she'd had to turn on the light and read books to avoid the images inside her head. When night came again, she was terrified of a bug in her room and sobbed hysterically over bedtime.
We tried everything we could think...bug spray around the perimeter of the room, holy water, prayers. I finally lost my patience and told her she was being unreasonable, that bugs are all over the outdoors -- of which she is not afraid -- and even if there were bugs in her room they won't hurt her, no more than a little bite on the leg. She finally fell sleep with all the lights on, but I know that this issue is not resolved -- not by a long shot.
So I'm asking you, my friends, if you have ever dealt with this situation and what suggestions you might have for us. My gratitude, in advance, for your responses.