My sister and I were talking today.
We talk everyday...and... as usual, our conversation turned toward...well, discussing the sandman...I'm sure you can relate.
(Whenever there is a lull in the conversation, that's what people talk about...the sandman...or Abraham Lincoln.)
Anyway, my sister made the argument that The Sandman or "Mr. Sandman" is a nice guy who helps you sleep.
Um...I don't mean to sound ignorant, but I want to know two things. WHY and HOW COME??
My best guess?
He fills up all your pockets with as much sand as he can, then throws you in the lake so you can "sleep with the fishes...see?" ...OR
He buries you in the sand until your breathing slows down...waaaaay down.
My sister insists that none of these could possibly be the reason because they all seem too scary...but when I looked it up on Wikipedia, my ideas are not even HALF as scary as the truth.
Are you ready for this?
According to the world wide web, "Mr. Sandman" is 'a mythical man who creeps into children's rooms at night, blowing sand into their eyes to help them sleep.'
How did this ever catch on as something you tell your kids to comfort them????
It seems more like a threat, really. "You better get to sleep or I'm going to send the Sandman in there!"
If I thought some weird little man was going to be skulking around in the shadows, just waiting to spit gritty shit into my eyes, I would have been fake sleeping INSTANTLY.
I think this is why Metallica wrote that scary song about him....
'Sleep with one eye open' indeed!