Shannon Stacey

Child of the Corn

The short kid freaked me out not once, but twice last night. He creeps silently into our room, around the bed to my side, and then he just stands there and stares at me until I wake up. I’m a sound sleeper, but I guess silent staring is creepy enough to wake even me up.

So there’s an instant, before total wakefulness, in which the brain screams…



Watching you!

I jump, he jumps, and then we’re both fully awake. It’s very, very creepy.

I’ve told him numerous times to say “Mom” or shake my shoulder or something. Knock on the door. Throw the cat on my head. Anything but staring at me.

But back when he was 3 or 4, he’d come in between 6 and 7 on weekend mornings. Since the husband gets up at 5:30 on weekdays, he’d wake up first and send the short kid back to bed without my waking up. It didn’t take long for the short kid to perfect his stealth skills, though. So now if he has a bad dream/is thirsty/has nothing better to do and wants to get to me, he does the Child of the Corn thing.

Twice in one night is a little much, though.

2 comments to “Child of the Corn”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · October 28th, 2006 at 9:30 am · Link

    Holy crap that IS scary!

    Well done short kid. He’s just in the Halloween Spirit, Shan.


  2. Karen Templeton
      · October 28th, 2006 at 11:08 am · Link

    #5 has always gone to DAD’S side of the bed (smart kid). Does the stealth thing, then whispers (in that amazingly piercing way kids have) “Dad?”

    Dad jumps, I jump (and yelp, for good measure), Dad reaches back to, I don’t know, keep me from landing on the ceiling? :crazy:, kid jumps.

    I don’t think there IS a way to wake parents up without scaring the crap out of us.

  • Get my latest news straight to your inbox!

    I'll only be sending newsletters when I have news to share, and I'll never share your information. You'll receive an email asking you confirm your subscription (so please check your spam box if you don't receive that). You can unsubscribe at anytime.


  • Affiliation

    Shannon Stacey is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of

    If you purchase a book listed on the site from, she’ll earn a small commission. Thank you!