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"Now I lay me down to sleep" ... Talk about traumatic!

Posted by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:17 AM
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My mom used to recite this to me and with me before bed every night and I remember being so terrified and upset about the words!!

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I shall die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.

I think it's the die part, lol. It's a classic childrens poem.

Also, she told me ankle biters (under my bed) would get me if I got out of bed.

No wonder she says I was an awful sleeper and hated going to sleep at night. I was scared! :(
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harpsichord
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:18 AM
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i hated hearing that when i was little, the last thing i would be thinking about before going to sleep was "Okay, so i may die tonight..."


HOW COMFORTING

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:19 AM
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I sing it in Metallica's version. Voice and all.

Princin242
by New Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:21 AM
Omg my mom said this prayer to me every night... It still gives me anxiety
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tharealty2
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:23 AM

I always liked it and so do my kids - mom never gave me fears about something under my bed (thats horrible!)

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:25 AM
My Nana used to say this with us along with the Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary.
lokizmo
by Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:26 AM
That's how I learned it too. With my girls we say " now I lay be down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. May angels guard me through the night, and keep me in their blessed sight."
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Hyman
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:27 AM
The ankle biters upset me for years, like until teenage years lol




Quoting tharealty2:

I always liked it and so do my kids - mom never gave me fears about something under my bed (thats horrible!)


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Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:27 AM
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when the bough breaks cradle will fall, baby and all- WTF?!

your kid is going to crash to their death?! sweet dreams :/

tharealty2
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:29 AM


Quoting Hyman:

The ankle biters upset me for years, like until teenage years lol




Quoting tharealty2:

I always liked it and so do my kids - mom never gave me fears about something under my bed (thats horrible!)


I bet!  I was scared of things under the bed and my mom never said stuff like that - thats really mean!  What if you had to pee or something?  I'd be a bed wetter!

Hyman
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 2:30 AM
That is also upsetting! I never sing that to my son bc it's so not right lol. I changed the lyrics the first couple times and than I settled on twinkle twinkle lll


Quoting Anonymous:

when the bough breaks cradle will fall, baby and all- WTF?!

your kid is going to crash to their death?! sweet dreams :/


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