It is night and a child tosses and turns in his sleep. He lets out a whimper that alerts his mother to the nightmare he is having. When the mom gets to her sons bed he is awake and crying.
"Hush now, don't cry," says the mother as she hugs her son. He only continues to cry and wimpier while hugging his mom.
"Hush it's okay, you can't give up yet. You don't want the Boogie Man to win now do you?"
"H-Huh?" whimpers the boy as he looks up at his mom confused.
"Why? You don't know?" gasps the mom who only pretends to be surprised.
"Huh? N-nuh uh" says the boy forgetting about his earlier fear.
"Why the Boogie Man gives you your nightmare, but don't be scared because the Sand Man will help you. He is one of the guardians of childhood after all. I guess he needed your help this time. As long as you can stand up to your fears he will always be there to help you," coos the mother.
"One of the guardians? There are others? But why do I hafta help? Aren't they suppose to protect me right?" says the boy looking dis-heartened again, "The Sandman isn't real anyway," he then pouts.
"Humm, maybe but each guardian protects something and even if they are only an idea. If you keep them in your heart they will be able to help you. The Sand Man protects your dreams so he will help you fight your nightmares" the mom quietly says. The boy nods at her seeming to understand.
"Hope is important for being able to stand up to what you're afraid of because you have to have hope to win against whatever it is you fear. The Easter Bunny is the guardian of hope," says the mom with a small smile.
"The Easter Bunny, the bunny that hides the eggs?" the boy asks.
"Yes, the Easter Bunny represents spring and new beginnings which bring hope. What better way to also spread hope then by hiding treats, which children hope to find?"
"Yeah," says the boy looking like he is waiting to hear more of his moms story.
"Hope can also come from the memories you have. Memories of a better time or knowing what you are able to do. As long as there are memories from your childhood, the Tooth Fair will guard them for she is the guardian of memories," the mom says.
"Why is the Tooth Fairy the guardian of memories? She just collects teeth and leaves a gift," The boy asks.
"Well your childhood memories are in those teeth and she collects them and keeps them safe until you need them," The mother replies.
"Oh," says the boy even more interested in what his mom has to say
"Maybe you have a memory of a time you had a feeling of wonder about something. The Guardian of Wonder is Santa Claus, I'm sure you like him," says the mom who then tickles her son till he laughs so hard he starts to run out of breath.
As he catches his breath the mom says "Surely you have heard the phrase Christmas wonder? With Christmas magic, presents and spending time with people you care about."
"Yeah and the snow!" the boys exclaims happily.
"Oh yes, there is nothing like a snow day is there? Snow angels, building forts, catching snow on your tongue and sledding, oh and there is snow ball fights, most likely Jack Frost's favorite winter game," says the mom as she puts her son down on his bed.
"Jack Frost, Who is he?" The boy asks confused.
"Jack Frost is a winter spirit who brings frosty, snowy weather, who lets those snow days happen," says the mom as she tucks her son into his bed, "for Jack Frost is the Guardian of Fun and you would really enjoy playing with. You will know if he has been here if you see fern patterned frost or find the prefect snow ball just when you need it in a snow ball fight," she kisses her son on his forehead, "Now get some sleep."
"Okay" says the son in a sleepy voice.
"Goodnight," the mother says as she turns off the light and leaves her son to dream about his new found guardians.
As the mom walks back to the chair she was reading in, she thinks to herself "I have to remember to send a letter to Santa and thank him and the other Guardians this year."