“Danny’s Pillow,” Friend, Feb. 1991, 40
Danny was worried. He was excited about spending the night with his friend Jonathan, but he had a problem. This would be the first time he had stayed overnight with a friend, and even though Jonathan was his best friend, Danny had never mentioned his pillow. Could he take it with him? Danny wasn’t sure. He decided to ask his older sister, Linda.
Linda looked up from the TV set. “You’d better not, Danny. You’ll get teased about wanting to sleep with it.”
“But I always take it when I go to Grandma’s house.”
“Grandma would never tease,” said Linda. “But Jonathan’s big brother might, and then you would be embarrassed.”
“But I don’t think I can sleep without it.”
“Oh, sure you can,” Linda reassured him. “You’ll be so busy talking and laughing that you won’t even think about your pillow.”
Danny wasn’t so sure. It was the only pillow that felt comfortable when he went to sleep. Maybe he’d better ask Mom.
Danny stood in the kitchen doorway, watching Mom cook. That meant that it would soon be time for him to leave, because he was eating dinner with Jonathan. Maybe I should stay home, he thought. Then I won’t have to worry about my pillow.
When his mother saw Danny in the doorway, she grinned and said, “Hi, sport. Are you about ready to go?”
“Mom, do you think I should take my pillow to Jonathan’s house?”
“Do you want to?”
“I think I do, and I think I don’t. I don’t really know.”
“Well,” said Mom, “why don’t you take your pillow with your other things. Maybe they don’t have enough pillows, and they’ll be glad that you brought yours.”
Danny immediately felt better. “You don’t think Jonathan’s big brother will tease me?” he asked.
“No,” said Mother. “You’re going to be sleeping in Jonathan’s room with him. Thomas has his own room. He probably won’t even see your pillow.”
Danny grinned happily. “I’m going to go pack it now. Do I still have to take my toothbrush?”
Mother grinned back. “Yes, you do, young man. You wouldn’t want to sleep on that pillow with bad breath!”
Danny laughed and ran upstairs to get his things. Stacking everything on his pillow, he waited for Mom to take him to Jonathan’s house.
Jonathan was standing by the door when Danny arrived. The two boys ran to Jonathan’s room to unpack Danny’s suitcase and play. He looked at the twin beds. There were pillows on both of them.
“This is where you’ll sleep,” said Jonathan, and he placed the suitcase at the foot of one bed.
Danny held out his pillow. “I brought my own pillow in case you needed an extra.”
“Oh, we have enough, but you can sleep with yours if you want.”
Danny put his pillow on the bed, carefully putting the other one on a chair. Then he and Jonathan sat on the floor to build a block city. They hardly knew how hungry they were, until Jonathan’s mother called them for dinner.
Dinner together was fun, and they had a great time playing board games in the family room until it was time for bed. Danny looked around Jonathan’s bedroom. The block city was still there. His pillow was still there.
When Danny jumped into bed and snuggled under the blanket and felt the familiar pillow beneath his head, he was cozy and comfortable. Smiling, he raised his head to talk to Jonathan. But Jonathan was still walking around the room.
“Are you looking for something?” Danny asked.
“Yes, my brown bear. I always sleep with him.”
Danny sat up straight, a look of surprise on his face. “You always sleep with a brown bear?”
“Yes.” Jonathan lowered his voice. “I even took him with me to a hotel once.”
Danny laughed and held up his pillow. “I’ll tell you a secret, Jonathan. I always sleep with my pillow.”
The boys laughed together, and Danny jumped out of bed. “Come on. I’ll help you look for your bear.”
They found the bear sitting behind a stack of blocks. Jonathan picked it up, holding tightly to the brown body. He whispered to Danny, “You’re my best friend.”
“You’re my best friend too.”
Then Danny went to sleep on his pillow, and Jonathan went to sleep holding his brown bear.