The Sweeper!




The grotesque sweeper ploughed down the street, I stopped on my tracks to be sure it was real before I fled to my room. I heard my mom arguing on the phone, she’s uptight today, I told my dad she worked too hard but nobody cared to listen.

But my problems were far from over, the looming sound seemed to burst through my ear drums as the sweeper made its way down the front of our house, when my parents made no attempt to calm my frayed nerves, I ran down the stairs and hid in the cloak room, though it was dark, I felt safe, then I heard my mom calling my name and I began to cry.

She hurried downstairs and brought me out of my darkness, her pretty face a beehive of worry. She loved me, I know but sometimes, I get the feeling, they don’t believe me when I tell everyone who cared to listen that I hate the sound of ‘The Sweeper.’

”It’s all right baby Lou,” she said and straddled me into her arms but there was no stopping my wailing, I hated when she calls me ‘baby Lou’ and I hated the sweeper. My dad came to meet us downstairs and I went straight to him. He cuddled me and called me ‘tiger,’ I kind of prefered tiger to ‘baby Lou.’ I love the sound of trains trudging down the tracks, I love the booming sound of aeroplanes but not the sweeper!

Ten minutes later, I felt better and slowly made my way to the living room, ‘Mickymouse’ was singing on the TV, life is good, my only fear in life is the sweeper! My name is Emmanuel David and I am twenty-five months old!



I just had to post this, my son hates the sound of the street sweeper and it beats me! I reckon trains and aeroplanes are scarier than the dingy engine sound of the street sweeper!

This is a classic example of what we fear, as adults, we are more afraid of the mundane things in everyday life, the snide comments of haters, or what people think… maybe, the house we live in or our jobs, our relationships with others might cause a great amount of scrutiny but I say, forget such people exist! There would always be haters, live your life as if you’re in paradise.

Just like the lady in the above picture, laugh your problems away! Life is good if we allow it to be so, it’s our reactions to problems that matter most, not the problems!!

Thanks friends for reading my post!

Love, always!! 🙂




15 comments on “The Sweeper!

  1. I won’t pay attention to the haters – here’s to a great day ahead!

  2. My sister is still terrified of the sweeper and she’s 25! To be honest, I’ve never much liked them either and usually walk on the other side of the road. There’s something dark and child-catchery about them. And the brushes look like they would sweep you into the underworld if you got too close.

    I love your sentiment- ‘life is good if we allow it to be so’ – that’s absolutely right. There may be many people in this world who can’t allow themselves to be happy, who make problems for the sake of problems.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you for your comment, you’re absolutely right about the sweepers though it pose no threat to me but my son is so terrified of them, the sight and sound of it sends him into a fear frenzy, hopefully, he’ll outgrow it with time!
      Thanks for stopping by dear friend!
      Blessings. 🙂

  3. RoSy says:

    Oh poor kiddo – I’m betting he will one day take on his fear though.
    I used to be afraid of the cucuy under the stairs at my parent’s house.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I hope so Rosy, it happens every morning, how did you get over the cucuy fear? It’s funny what we fear, I used to be afraid of thunder, but I got over it! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Uzoma says:

    Oh no…my lil’ one. I know your son will someday overcome such fear. I used shout and cry at the sight of a cockroach, especially at night.

    Haters are everywhere. But it’s best to ignore them. Laugh as if they don’t even exist. Thanks for being an inspiration.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks brother for your comment! I hope he does, this morning, he ran as far as his little legs could carry him, it wasn’t funny because I could see the fear on his face! I’m sure he’ll outgrow it with time. Thank you for reading my post!
      much love.

  5. monika says:

    there is always something we fear, we just have to find out a way to just laugh it off!! liked the story 🙂

  6. We have to face up to our fears eventually. I’m sure your son will look back on his fear one day and find it laughable.

  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    You’re so positive, Seyisandra – ‘laugh your problems away’ !! That can be difficult. But the cheer and warmth of your site here, comforts.

    Sincerely, N.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you! I hardly adhere to my own advice sometimes, I could be grumpy which makes me human but I try to ‘unstress’ myself! That way I’ll keep my sanity and help those around me, life does throw its occassional shockers but it’s our attitudes that matters. Thanks for your kind comment dear friend!
      Warm thoughts. 🙂

  8. Oh my, I am MADLY in love with your blog! Can’t wait to read more. 🙂 Blessings to you this week!

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