Friday, 15 October 2010

Can't sleep

Hannah has had a couple of evenings when she's not been able to sleep. The evenings have been a week apart so I'm ruling out a physical cause even though there are physical symptoms: shivering, funny feeling in her tummy, funny feeling in her throat.
I think there's probably a psychological cause and these are stress symptoms.
I've asked what she thinks she might be worried about and the only thing that comes to mind is "learning about the two World Wars at school."
History is important but Hannah has been worried, and might still be worried, about it happening again.
It's not possible to say it won't happen again as the UK is currently already engaged in war.
She knows the first and second World Wars involved Germany and Germany is still "there".
I've told her that today's Germans are embarrassed by their country's past and that is associated with guilt and shame too. They are the last people likely to be responsible for starting a war.
I don't really know what else to do or say.

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