Everyone Loves a Monster


I lie here quietly trying to keep my breathing shallow and silent.  I need to steal a little more sleep so I can face the day.  I can hear it lurking, creeping though my home searching for food, any kind of food that will fuel its mythic strength.
Cerberus, the three-headed monster has taken over my life.  It is a very devious beast, selfish and exhausting.   As long as there is salty or sweet food within reach of its lion like claws it won’t hurt me.  I never know for sure, when it will raise its heads and demand I pay a toll.
I find this roaring beast most charming, often funny, but it lies for no reason.  It won’t brush its teeth or wash and comb its serpentine mane.  It has the ability to tear me to shreds in moments, and it is aware of its power.   Locking the door makes no difference as it crawls in through the cracks, filling my home with energy and desire.   After days of silence, it lights my total existence with its continual thirst for knowledge.
When it is gone, I miss it.  When it is here, I can’t keep up.   I run full speed trying to keep it fed and distracted with anything that is shiny.  It has the appeal of a toothless Muppet and the demeanor of Medusa.  It is an amazing beast only calmed with three flavors of ice cream,  which energizes it to run in multiple directions fighting with itself and anxious to be anywhere at any time.
Although at this moment, it has decided to be kind to me with 10 minutes of quiet before the next feeding.  I really do appreciate that act of generosity.  I love a monster and I will give it everything I own.  Zeus, please bless my three amazing grandchildren.

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