Lights go down. “We’re just resting” says Kevin. “Yeah, resting” comes from my withering body. It was 8:32 when I last looked at the clock. Kevin had just put his arm around me as we cuddled closely in the bed. Next thing I know it is 10 something and I feel a tap on my shoulder. I’m thinking at that moment…
Woken from a peaceful slumber, which I have no idea I went into, Kendra is asking me if she can sleep on the couch. REALLY? You woke me up for that. Mumbling something that I still don’t know exactly what was said, she left. Back to sleep. THUMP! I lay there for a minute or two listening to screaming from upstairs. The thump was the all too often sound of a boys feet hitting the floor above our bed. What were we thinking when we set up these rooms? Already decided, our next house will be a ranch with a GIANT split floor plan. Great. Kevin got up to deal with that and I fall back to sleep, kind of. This screaming, pretty much happens about every night, is louder than usual and very annoying as I was in dreamland right before. UGH! How could I have been asleep for 2 hours? I still have my clothes on and my feet were getting quite warm in my cozy socks.
We are those people, I think, as I really get ready for bed, which consist of me pulling off my socks. Those people. You know who I am talking about. Those people who are in bed by 8:00…ok, maybe not right at 8, but pretty close. When did we get to be THOSE people? This thought has lingered in my brain for some years. When we were in our mid twenties our neighbors had small children. Mind you, our neighbors at that time were about our age. At night as I would be settling down for my TV shows or getting ready to go out with friends, or even on a job (Tupperware it was!), I would see all the lights off in their house…all except their bedroom. ” Gosh, how could they be going to bed already? It’s like 8:00.” I would think with some concern. What kind of life is that? I was Judge Judy not believing these folks could really be going to bed at 8:00. LOL Boy did that one come back to kick me in the butt!
Well what I didn’t realize, because we did not have kids then, is that those little souls can suck the ever living life out of one large body. How can little people like that have so much energy and take so much from ours?! OH MY GEEES! I ask for forgiveness for judging my neighbors so poorly. SLEEP! SLEEP when those life suckers are soundly tucked away because they will again rise from their slumber, oh too soon!, and begin filling up…again, and again, and again. And I assure you I will be asleep as soon as they are tucked in the next night.