Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to make me smile. When Vince and I got married, we had a two story house. Chad and I had been living in a one story house. I never realized the routine of getting him up on time in our small, one story house. I was near his bedroom door and could keep saying “Chad, get up” until I was sure he was up. But, when Vince and I got married and Chad and I moved to his house, I was making a dozen trips up and down the stairs to make sure Chad was up. I’d run down to his room, say “Get up!” He would say “OK” and I’d run back to the kitchen to get breakfast going, then run back down to Chad’s room to be sure he was up. No, he wasn’t! I’d tell him again to get up, he would say ok. I would run back upstairs to finish breakfast, run back down and that went on and on. Finally, I sat down with Chad and said “Here’s the new rule! This is your alarm clock. You set it to whatever time it needs to be set so you can be up, dressed, ready for school and at the breakfast table by 6:30.” I went on to explain that for every day he wasn’t at the table, dressed and with his backpack, ready to leave, he would go to bed 30 minutes earlier that night because I could only assume that he was not getting up on time because he had not gotten enough sleep! The first few weeks, that did not go so well and I thought he was going to get home from school and go right to bed but he finally got the hang of it and I was able to not make all those trips up and down the stairs while trying to get breakfast done and Vince and Chad out the door.
This morning, I said “Echo, turn on bedroom lamp.” She said “OK” and the lamp never came on. I again said “Echo, turn on bedroom lamp” and she again said “OK” but never turned on the lamp. So, at 5:30, I’m sitting on the side of the bed, in the dark, remembering almost 20 years ago when Chad would tell me “OK! I’m getting up!” and he wouldn’t do it.
Thanks, Echo Dot, for a smile at 5:30 a.m.