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When I’m tired and my eyes are hot, I don’t feel like looking at tiny words on a page. My kids also tend to not like going to sleep if there is a light on, which is necessary for reading. Acacia is pretty attached to having a bedtime story, so it seemed like the best solution would be to make one up which I could tell her while laying in bed with the light off.

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So I spent some time trying to think of a good story I could tell her, which wouldn’t require a book. I thought about the concept of counting sheep to put oneself to sleep, and thought perhaps it would work for Acacia. I tried telling her a story about a bunch of sheep jumping over a fence, while having her close her eyes and picture it. It didn’t work for her (and it never worked for me before either) and she kept asking why the sheep were jumping over the fence. Good question.
Finally, I came up with the most long, pointless, interesting story I could imagine, and proceeded to tell her. Surely this would bore her to sleep in no time. She lied down very still with her eyes closed as I told her the story.
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Princess Isabella lived in a faraway land in a castle on a hill. Every morning she woke up to the sound of lovely birds singing in her window. She looked at the window and counted the birds.
There was 1 bird, 2 birds, 3 birds, 4 birds, 5 birds, 6 birds, 7 birds, 8 birds, 9 birds, 10 birds. All the birds.
Then she got out of bed and walked down the stairs. As she walked, she counted the steps.
There was 1 step, 2 steps, 3 steps, 4 steps, 5 steps, 6 steps, 7 steps, 8 steps, 9 steps, 10 steps. All the steps.
Then she got to her garden and looked at all the colors of the flowers.
There were red flowers, blue flowers, green flowers, yellow flowers, purple flowers, orange flowers, and pink flowers. All the colors of the flowers.
Then she counted all the flowers in her garden.
There was 1 flower, 2 flowers, 3 flowers, 4 flowers, 5 flowers, 6 flowers, 7 flowers, 8 flowers, 9 flowers, 10 flowers. All the flowers.
Then Princess Isabella counted the bumble bees in the garden.
There was 1 bumble bee, 2 bumble bees, 3 bumble bees, 4 bumble bees, 5 bumble bees, 6 bumble bees, 7 bumble bees, 8 bumble bees, 9 bumble bees, 10 bumble bees. All the bumble bees.
Then she counted the butterflies.
There was 1 butterfly, 2 butterflies, 3 butterflies, 4 butterflies, 5 butterflies, 6 butterflies, 7 butterflies, 8 butterflies, 9 butterflies, 10 butterflies. All the butterflies.
Then Princess Isabella left the garden and walked on the path toward the forest. Along the path were all the different colored wild flowers.
There were red wild flowers, yellow wild flowers, blue wild flowers, purple wild flowers, orange wild flowers, and pink wild flowers. All the colors of wild flowers.
Then Princess Isabella counted all the wild flowers.
There was 1 wild flower, 2 wild flowers, 3 wild flowers, 4 wild flowers, 5 wild flowers, 6 wild flowers, 7 wild flowers, 8 wild flowers, 9 wild flowers, 10 wild flowers. All the wild flowers.
Then Princess Isabella got to the forest, and she noticed all the different colors of the leaves.
There were trees with red leaves, yellow leaves, orange leaves, brown leaves and purple leaves. All the colors of leaves.
Then she counted the trees in the forest.
There was 1 tree, 2 trees, 3 trees, 4 trees, 5 trees, 6 trees, 7 trees, 8 trees, 9 trees, 10 trees. All the trees.
Then Princess Isabella came back to the path to go back to her castle. On her way home, she looked at all the different colors of the wildflowers along the path.
There were red wild flowers, yellow wild flowers, blue wild flowers, purple wild flowers, orange wild flowers, and pink wild flowers. All the colors of wild flowers.
Then Princess Isabella counted all the wild flowers.
There was 1 wild flower, 2 wild flowers, 3 wild flowers, 4 wild flowers, 5 wild flowers, 6 wild flowers, 7 wild flowers, 8 wild flowers, 9 wild flowers, 10 wild flowers. All the wild flowers.
When she got back to her garden, she counted all the pretty butterflies in the garden.
There was 1 butterfly, 2 butterflies, 3 butterflies, 4 butterflies, 5 butterflies, 6 butterflies, 7 butterflies, 8 butterflies, 9 butterflies, 10 butterflies. All the butterflies.
Then she counted the bumble bees in the garden.
There was 1 bumble bee, 2 bumble bees, 3 bumble bees, 4 bumble bees, 5 bumble bees, 6 bumble bees, 7 bumble bees, 8 bumble bees, 9 bumble bees, 10 bumble bees. All the bumble bees.
After that Princess Isabella counted all the flowers in her garden.
There was 1 flower, 2 flowers, 3 flowers, 4 flowers, 5 flowers, 6 flowers, 7 flowers, 8 flowers, 9 flowers, 10 flowers. All the flowers.
She looked at the flowers, and she saw all the pretty colors of the flowers.
There were red flowers, blue flowers, green flowers, yellow flowers, purple flowers, orange flowers, and pink flowers. All the colors of the flowers.
When she got back to the castle she walked up the stairs to her room. As she went up, she counted all the steps.
There was 1 step, 2 steps, 3 steps, 4 steps, 5 steps, 6 steps, 7 steps, 8 steps, 9 steps, 10 steps. All the steps.
Princess Isabella got in bed and looked out her window. She counted all the stars in the sky.
There was 1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars, 4 stars, 5 stars, 6 stars, 7 stars, 8 stars, 9 stars, 10 stars. All the stars in the sky.
So Princess Isabella closed her eyes and counted some sheep jumping over fences.
There was 1 sheep, 2 sheep, 3 sheep, 4 sheep, 5 sheep, 6 sheep, 7 sheep, 8 sheep, 9 sheep, 10 sheep. All the sheep jumping over fences, and Princess Isabella fell asleep.
While she was sleeping, she had some lovely dreams.
She had 1 dream, 2 dreams, 3 dreams, 4 dreams, 5 dreams, 6 dreams, 7 dreams, 8 dreams, 9 dreams, 10 dreams. All her dreams while she was sleeping. And she had a very lovely night’s rest and stayed asleep all night.
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So, I tell the story, and Acacia is lying down very still, her eyes closed, very peaceful. Excellent. And to top it off, the story has me nearly snoozing. Perfect. Ready for a good night’s sleep.
Until, as soon as she realizes the story is over, Acacia sits up completely wide awake, wanting me to tell her the story again. “Tell me bout the purple leaves!” she says.
And so it has been. Every time I tell her the story of Princess Isabella counting all the flowers, bees, butterflies and trees, Acacia looks asleep, sounds asleep, and even breathes like she’s asleep. And as soon as I’m done with the story, she is wide awake asking to hear it again. How does this happen? The story was supposed to be interesting, and somehow she thinks it’s the most wonderful story she’s ever heard!





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