Goodnight Street Light—a reimagined bedtime story for urban TCKs

by Craig Thompson on September 30, 2020

streetlight

Outside the big window

There was a buzzing street light

And a dripping AC

And a confident frog

Chirping up in a tree

And there were two little boys playing with toys

And cars driving by

And a jet in the sky

And a little dog barking hellos at a stray

And a shrill horn honking a few blocks away

And a man with a cart loudly selling cheap art

And an old neighbor lady yelling, “Hey, you down there! We’ve got foreigners living next door and they go to bed early for some reason. You’re going to wake them up, so if you could move down the street, that would be a good start!” (or maybe something like that)

Goodnight window

Goodnight street light

Goodnight moths flying around the street light

Goodnight dripping AC

And the confident frog chirping up in a tree

Goodnight boys

Goodnight toys

Goodnight cars driving by

And goodnight jet in the sky

Goodnight shops

And goodnight rooftops

Goodnight dog barking hellos at a stray

And goodnight shrill horn honking a few blocks away

Goodnight man

And goodnight cart

Goodnight buildings

Goodnight cheap art

And goodnight to the old neighbor lady doing her part

Goodnight sidewalk

Goodnight city, one and all

Good night noises, big and small

(with thanks to Margaret Wise Brown and Goodnight Moon)

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About Craig Thompson

Craig and his wife, Karen, along with their five children, served as missionaries in Taipei, Taiwan, for ten years before returning to southwest Missouri. His experiences, as well as conversations with other cross-cultural workers, have made him more and more interested in member care and the process of transitioning between cultures. Craig blogs at ClearingCustoms.net.

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