June 9, 2023
The opening paragraph of this story starts with the protagonist's son in the hospital, having surgery to remove a tumor. The hospital staff asks if he would like something to read, and his mom hands him a book about children's experiences in the hospital.
As he flips through the pages, he comes across a book about what to expect when you go to the hospital. The book describes all the ways babies and children can be affected by the hospital setting, and the protagonist's son is put at ease by reading the book.
When his mom picks him up, he has trouble sleeping that night, so she tries reading to him. As she reads, his eyes get droopy, and he drifts off to sleep.