This story is part 3 of a series.

On the second day of the blackout, the children did not meet again. Instead, everyone stayed at home with their parents. The children were lucky to have great parents who invented games to make the dark night less frightening. The second day was full of stories, of which all are worth mentioning, so we will tell them one by one.

First we will talk about Julio Ramirez, a child who, as we have already said, likes music and sports a lot.

During the day, the local school does not open its doors because of the blackout. Therefore children stay at home with their parents. As it happens with children today, they are all used to watching television, playing with Tablets, computers or any other electronic device. But because of the blackout, they have to find new ways to have fun.

In the case of Julio, his father, Mr. Ramírez, who also enjoys sports a lot, started a soccer championship in the yard of the house. While the boy and his dad played during the day, Julio’s mother, Mrs. Ramírez chose to act as a cheerleader for both of them. Only she was not really acting, she was really cheering them both on because she loved them both very much.

They both play until they were so tired that they could not get up. The championship ended in a draw. Just when they stop playing the sun begins to set, so the little Julio begins to feel afraid…

But his father is smart and makes a small bonfire in the garden so that instead of being lit by candles inside the house, they could all be outside.

Julio, like the rest of the children, fears the darkness.

“Oh my son, you must not fear” says his father when he realizes that Julio is scared in the middle of so much darkness “Back then in other times, people did not have electricity. They lit up their nights with candles. We have become accustomed to the fact that everything is always illuminated by artificial light but we do not realize how beautiful the night can be.”

July’s dad was a poetic person. Julio always listened to him with special attention.

“The day is very beautiful, the sun always guides us in the day to do many things, but the night with the moon and the stars can also be a very beautiful moment…”

Then his father enters the house and looks for his guitar. Julio’s father is a musician and he had taught Julio to play the drums.

“In my country, the country where we come from, is a place where there are blackouts very often. When I was your age, I also feared the nights. But my father always sang a nice song with the guitar. The song is in Spanish, but I will try to sing it in English for you…”

Mr. Ramírez takes the guitar and starts playing a beautiful melody. Julio and his mother, Mrs. Ramírez, are listening to him.

“Hey little boy

Oh my little boy

I know that you are scared

And you want to close your eyes

But the moon is shining bright

High high

High in the sky

I know you are scared

But above you

There will always be light

Bright lights

So please do not close your eyes”

After finishing the song, Julio and his mother clap their hands.

“Did you see that, son? You do not have to be afraid. The moon will always be on the sky illuminating us!”

So another of the children learned to stop being afraid of the dark.

(To be continued)


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