This is Matt's father's email response to my earlier post about Matt's night terrors. Seems there's a bit of family history here. Funny. I don't recall ever having been made aware that I might spend my nights fending for my life while I slept in my own bed.
I have to admit he gets that gene from me. I outgrew it before I actually killed anyone or more likely hurt myself. When Matt lived at home, he would wake us all up and I would have to go into his room to try and settle the madman down. By the age of 16 he was already bigger and stronger than me and at that age I'm sure he would have loved to take a swing at me and "pretend" he was sleeping. His brother Mike was useless as he was usually cowering in his bed with the covers pulled over his head, and his mom would simply cheer me on from the safety of our bedroom.
Jen, this is why you're treated like royalty when you come to the C-Family household. We look at you as if you are a decorated soldier serving in Iraq. Lots of down time with danger lurking around every corner.
If it's any consolation, I outgrew it at just about his age. I think you can also take solace in the fact that if he didn't attack me when he was a teenager you should be pretty safe.
Just remember, sleep with one eye open.
Hey thanks Matt's Dad! I appreciate the advice! Very timely of you too, I must say. Not only can I not hang coats or shirts in the bedroom -- I once woke up to find Matt tackling an "intruder", turns out it was a perfectly non-threatening and unarmed Michael Kors jacket hanging over my bedroom door -- but now I have to remove all the friggen walls in my bedroom too. Lovely.
Sleep tight everyone!