Sharon was sitting on the bed in her
cozy room and thinking what would be her Christmas gifts. The same as
other little girls' rooms, there were many colorful and beautiful things
in it a red heart design bed sheet, a flower design comforter, a tulip
lamp on the table, and her precious Barbie collection. The cute Minnie
clock on the wall was her favorite thing, because Minnie would say hello
in the morning at 8:00 sharp, sing a short song from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
sharp, but she hated when Minnie said Good-Night at 9:00 pm.
She liked to play with James, her
9-year-old brother, but he always stayed alone on the balcony, a place she
hated because it was dark and cold. He searched for constellations,
meteoroids, galaxies, nebulas, faints, and his favorite planets Jupiter
and Saturn every moonless evening after dinner. She would play with a
Barbie or listen mom's stories until Minnie said, "Good night, have a
Sharon began to fear the dark night
coming soon when mom was reading the stories at bedtime. She was 6 years
old, but still needed the lights on the whole night, because she was
afraid to die while sleeping.
Sharon begged mother, "Mom, stay with
me tonight, please! Please!"
"My dear, don't be afraid! God is with
you. I promise you the lights will stay on the whole night tonight."
Sharon was very disappointed; then she
held her Barbie in the bed and blessed, "I wish I could be braver than I
am really." And she hoped God could hear her sounds.
On Christmas morning, James and
Sharon got their gifts. The best gift James loved was a telescope and
Sharon's favorite gift was a pet "hamster,"
different than her wish— braver.
James hurried to study the
instructions for setting up the new telescope and expected a dark night
Sharon was the master of the little
animal; she happily named it Sunlight, for she liked the sun more than the
moon. With dad and mom's help, she set up a new cage with wood shavings,
an exercise wheel, food, a water bottle, and a selection of toys for
Sunlight. Then, she started to observe Sunlight's behaviors— eating the
favorite sunflower seeds and peanuts, running as fast as possible on the
exercise wheel, hiding away in corners, drinking water. She spent the
whole Christmas morning playing with Sunlight. She tried to hold it on her
hand and fed it its favorite sunflower seeds.
"Oh, Sunlight is so cute," Sharon
happily thanked her parents, "This is the best gift I have ever had. Thank
In the afternoon, Sunlight seemed
tired and deeply slept, oblivious to Sharon's observations. Sharon peered
at Sunlight and kept quiet to allow Sunlight to sleep well. At last,
Sunlight woke up and began to be active in the evening around 9 o'clock,
the same as Sharon's bedtime. Sunlight made louder noises, bothering
Sharon's sleeping, but she didn't mind.
"Mom, can I play with Sunlight for a
while and take it back to sleep?" she asked her mother."
hamster is a species of night animal; it will be active the whole
night. If you want to take care of it, then you will not sleep the whole
night either," mother explained.
"A night animal? Like the bats are
active at night without the light in the dark?" she wondered.
"Yes, The dark suits them." Mom said,
"So, the light off can let them recognize if it is the day or night. It's
good for their healthy growth."
"I see, Mom," she said, seeming to
understand something, "I'm so lucky I don't need to act in the dark as
hamster, but just one thing to do— sleep. For the good of my
Sunlight, may I have the small wall light on? I hope the faint light will
not affect Sunlight's growth."
"Of course, my dear, it's a good start
for both Sunlight and you." Sharon kissed mom good night, then blessed and
thanked God who let her wish come true. She didn't need any more lights on
the whole night, but was satisfied with Sunlight's noises.