As a boy on the farm, the young Theodore had trouble sleeping. He did not like the dark and believed that there were monsters in his small bedroom. When the situation got bad enough his parents had a talk with him and told them that monsters weren't real and they were all in his head. Theodore told his parents that the monsters were real in his head. By the time Theodore had reached six years old the problem had not gone away so his mother decided that she would sit in a rocking chair beside his bed and hum to him until he fell asleep. From the first night Theodore felt instant comfort and relaxation with his mother's presence and within minutes of his head hitting the pillow he would fall asleep. It was uncanny when Theodore's mother left the rocking chair that he would awaken, sensing even while he was sleeping that she was gone. He would open his eyes and the rocking chair would be empty and sometimes he would see her walking out of his room. Sometimes he would call to her to come back but she told him that she had to get her sleep too.
In his mid teens Theodore no longer believed in monsters but he had gotten so used to his mother sitting by him in her rocking chair that he could not fall asleep without her in his presence. Theodore had turned eighteen and his mother still sat by him until he went to sleep.
By the time Theodore had turned twenty he was offered a full time time in the Maritimes of Canada. He moved out to the coast and settled into his job and by the age of 25 he got married and soon after started a family and his problem of insomnia went away. But by his mid 30s his marriage had become rocky as his wife told him that she no longer loved him. In truth she had fallen in love with another man. Two years later he got divorced and lost everything including his kids. And for Theodore his insomnia problem came back with a vengeance.
At the age of 40 Theodore decided that there was no reason for him to stay in the Maritimes any longer. It was time to move back to Alberta. Upon his arrival back to Alberta Theodore had no job and he temporarily moved back in with his parents. His problems continued to mount as months went by and he could not find a job. His anxiety and blood pressure skyrocketed. His insomnia gripped him once again and Theodore turned to his mother for help to get to sleep.
His mother, now in his 70s, obliged him and sat by him so he could get to sleep. Little did Theodore know that his mother was about to leave his father and three months later she disappeared. He then lay in bed worried that he would never be able to sleep again without her in the rocking chair. But every night he imagined her in the rocking chair humming a tune and he fell asleep peacefully knowing one day he would see her again.