©2011 Chuck Hendrickson
(Sally Anne and Little Molly come in together)
Sally Anne: Hi Molly. How are you today?
Molly: Well, (small yawn) IĎm a little tired. Luke Ellington keeps waking me up at night.
Sally: Whoís Luke Ellington?
Molly: Heís my new puppy. Heís been keeping me up sometimes at night. I think heís scared of the dark, because he howls at night until I get up and bring him to my bed with me.
Sally: Oh, I wish I had a puppy or a big dog in my room at night.
Molly: Itís a lot of fun. But sometimes I wish he would let me sleep all night. Besides, he hogs the covers and he sometimes wants to play when itís time to sleep. Wait a minute. I thought you didnít like dogs. You said they smell like old socks.
Sally: Well, I do think they smell like old socks and I would never let him lick me or sleep in my bed -yuck! He would have to sleep on my floor. My mom and dad could take care of him during the day. I just want him in my room at night.
Molly: Thatís not how it works, Sally. My daddy told me before we got Luke Ellington. If I wanted him Iíd have to take care of him. That means Iíd have to feed him, take him for walks and play with him. I would even have to clean up his poop when he did it in the wrong place.
Sally: Yuck! I am not going to pick up any poop! I have too much stuff to do during the day. I wouldnít be able to play with him or take care of him.
Molly: If you donít have any time for a puppy, then why would you want one?
Sally: I donít need a puppy or dog as a friend. I have plenty of friends, and they donít smell like old socks or have fleas. I need a dog for at night.
Molly: Why do you want a dog at night if you wonít even let him crawl into your bed when he gets scared?
Sally: I want a dog so when I have a bad dream or I get scared at night he can stand guard at my door and protect me.
Molly: You canít use a dog as a guard at night and just throw him away during the day. It doesnít work that way.
Sally: I donít know what else to do. I keep waking up in the middle of the night. I get so scared because some of my dreams scare me so much that every shadow looks like something scary. I donít want a smelly dog, but I donít know what else to do.
Molly: It wouldnít be nice to the doggie if you brought him home and never play with him. Hmmm, I know! Letís go ask my daddy. He might know what to do.
(Molly and Sally leave)
(Henry Baxter comes in)
Henry: (singing) Olí McBaxter had a farm e-i-e-i-o, with a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there. Olí McBaxterÖ
(Molly and Sally enter)
Molly: Hi daddy. (Interrupting his singing)
Sally: Hi Mr. Baxter.
Henry: Oh, hi Girls. How can I help you?
Molly: Sally keeps getting scared at night and having nightmares.
Henry: Nightmares you say. I remember back when I was just a little boy no bigger than you Little Molly. When my brothers and I would have a nightmare, my mother would take us to see Joseph. He knew all about nightmares and how to get rid of them.
(Sally and Molly looking at each other) Joseph?
Sally: Wow. I knew you were really old Mr. Baxter but I didnít know you were alive when Joseph was alive.
Henry: Well of course I was alive when Joseph was alive. He was our family doctor. Dr. Joseph Baker. My mother took me to see him when I was having nightmares. He gave me the best advice anyone could have given me.
Sally: What did he say, Mr. Baxter?
Henry: He told me ďWell son, you need to quit snacking on those cookies so late at night.Ē Well, it worked. I didnít have any nightmares after that.
Molly: Daddy, I donít think that is going to help Sally.
Henry: Why not?
Molly: Sally is having nightmares and she wanted to get a dog for protection but she doesnít really like dogs. I thought a daddy as smart as you could help her out.
Henry: Oh. Thatís an easy one. Praying is the best way to help.
Sally: Praying? How can that help?
Henry: Well, when you are praying you are talking to God. You can ask Him for help.
Sally: I can?
Henry: Yep. If you wake up in the middle of the night and you are scared, just close your eyes and ask Him for help with your dreams. He always listens to our prayers.
Sally: You think that will work Mr. Baxter?
Henry: I know I feel safe knowing God is guarding me from harm. Only God can be everywhere all the time.
Sally: Oh thank you Mr. Baxter. Iím so glad I donít have to get a stinky old dog. Well, I better get going. See you Molly.
Molly: Bye Sally.
Sally: Bye Mr. Baxter. (Sally leaves)
Molly: Thank you Daddy. I knew youíd be able to help. You are a smart Daddy.
Henry: Flattery will get you almost anything my dear sweetie pie.
Molly: I love you, daddy.
Henry: I love you too. What do you say we get home and check on that puppy?
Molly: Okay daddy.