Sleep My Little One

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Sleep My Little One
The story “Sleep my Little One” by Lois Tilton is a science fiction look at what family life might be like if people did not have to sleep every night. It was written from the view of the mother, named Sara, and her 2 children Michael (7 years old) and Holly (2 years old). Sara wanted the best for her family and would do anything for them. Even though this story is a fantasy in today’s world, some of the family issues Sara struggled with are some of the same ones families struggle with today.

The story discusses a medical discovery that allows people to have their bodies need to sleep “switched” off. It is done after a person reaches a certain age, because young kids still sleep in the story. Sara’s children have not had the procedure done yet and she is starting to realize that her son, Michael, is falling behind the other children in school and sports because he still has to go to sleep at night and he does not have enough time for everything he wants to do. This is the same thing that parents have to deal with in active families now. Mothers and Fathers have to try to balance their work careers with the kid’s school and activities but there does not seem to be enough time in a day and may times some things do not get done.

This story relates to situations in my life because I have an extremely busy schedule like the character Michael in the story. The combination of school work, team practices and family life makes it feel like I do not have enough time in every day to get everything done. I play for two ice hockey teams, Bishop Eustace and Team Comcast, which means practices four times a week and games four times a week. If the games are away it could sometimes mean a two hour trip each way plus the game time. When you add in school everyday from 8 until 2:30 and the required homework it feels like there is not enough time in the day. I can understand where a child could get worn out...
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