Saturday, February 14, 2009

Midnight Meandering

Ah, the boys are asleep, I have finally finished my online class discussion boards (over 200 messages to answer! Yikes!), and here I am. Not asleep. I am an idiot.

I have checked the locks on all the doors. I've been doing that with more diligence, now that Joey comes down and plays on his computer in the middle of the night, or early in the morning, or times when we're asleep. Just what we would need is for him to get a wild hare and decide to go out and play. What will we do when he gets older and can work the locks? Mom has suggested I go talk to the police department about him now, before there is trouble, in case trouble begins. On my "to do" list for the week. There only needs to be a problem once for it to be a serious problem. Perhaps I ought to look into GPS, in case his wandering gets more serious. He knows where he is going when he runs, but we don't. Finding him in the middle of the street again would be Not Good. Especially at four in the morning.

With spring comes another bumpy patch for all of us. Traditionally, Joey gets wild hares this time of year, as the winter fades out and spring comes on. Maybe it is a change of light and weather. Maybe he is tired from being in school. Maybe all the odd days off- teacher work days, holidays, snow days- add up to confusion for him. Maybe he just gets a little crazy before making a leap forward in development (a leap we usually have in late spring). Maybe he leaps forward because whatever is going on now resolves. I've been so proud of him, with his spelling bee, and his wonderful job at his dance concert. I wonder if these things are more of a challenge this time of year, or if these activities help get him through the rough time. He was so happy yesterday, flapping his butterfly wings in his Bolivian folk dance. He was even in time to the music when he clapped and stomped, a big deal for Joey (who is often half a beat behind in such things.) My baby is growing up.

Andy has a bumpy patch about now, too- allergies. Andy and I took Grandma to the doctor's today. Andy and I needed our ears checked because on top of the lingering cough, we now have headcolds. Well, actually allergies, according to the doctor. My poor mom has inflamed lungs from coughing so long. It would be lovely if we could all just take some nice long naps and get all better. That includes you, my friends. All of us. Let's have a big Group Nap. Or maybe a Nap-In. We could protest the lack of sleep due to fighting with schools and government agencies for services the law says it is our right to have for our loved ones or for ourselves. A big Nap-In. Then we can all wake up and have the big Bake Sale.

I think I may have wandered off-topic. Sorry.


kristi said...

I am very familiar with online class message boards! I have 2 finals due tomorrow!!

Stimey said...

I'm in on that group nap idea.

We have an alarm system. It's for security to keep people from getting in, but if Jack ever tried to leave the house via a door in the middle of the night, we would all be suddenly and loudly aware of it.