She never believed in the power of imagination. Never thought her toys were real. Never felt a bond or a need for that one stuffed elephant or purple giraffe. Never cared for barbies or doll houses. Never felt she had the right to be so silly.
So it was rather funny when the one day she decided to tuck herself in a bed barricaded with all the toys and stuffed animals she ever had. To try and feel safe, try and protect herself from the unknown surrounded by those familiar squishy faces buried in those colorful beings, that very same night the big brown bear appeared.
In the dead silence of the night when she thought it just might have worked; That perhaps magic was real and her story was finally one with a happy ending.
However, that was a short lived fantasy; one That disappeared ever so fast when the big brown bear wondered why she was talking to herself. The bear growled trying to sound concerned. She was confused didn’t know she was even making a sound. She nonetheless , said she was having a nightmare. Truth be told she had been living in one her entire life.
But you see .. that’s something that No real big brown bear would believe seeing how she wasn’t even asleep. But this big brown bear seemed to agree stood up and said she should come with him, leave the toys in her bed and sleep in his den.
For he too, was alone that night. The goose was nowhere to be found and who knew when or if she would ever come back.
The big brown bear can protect the little girl from her nightmare, The big brown bear wasn’t a stuffed one laying in her bed. He was the real deal. He was the big strong brown bear.
And to think she thought the toys could protect her and replace the goose. Forced to leave her toys behind she said goodbye that night. As she summoned the courage to walk hand in hand with the big brown bear, hopped in his bed and it was time to sleep.
Surely the bear would fall asleep soon enough but not before his big hairy hand started to wander off .
But then again, she thought it was night time and asleep she should have been a long time ago, had she not believed that magic was real and toys and stuffed animals could protect and keep her safe.
Silly girl was stuck now, once again a victim of her own foolishness. The bear was on a hunt and she can do nothing but pretend to be dead and wait it out.
Pretend to be asleep is what she did knowing she was in the wrong to feel his hands as it was late at night past her bedtime. She was in the wrong and should not disturb the bear who had every right to be awake, unlike her.
The night was long and even though she knew would eventually end, she just didn’t feel like morning would ever come much like the goose. But She just had to wait it out. Just wait it out.
…And maybe grow up and realize that toys can’t protect. Bears will always hunt and the goose never asked for the burden of the golden egg and must be protected from knowing her misfortune is shared. Golden eggs only exist to be served one way or another.
And Just like how the big brown bear had the right stay up all night, the goose too, had every right to leave her toys behind when the nightmares would crawl in her nest.