“I would like to be chased upstairs by turkey vultures.”
If this were Survivor, the contestant would be sweating. In our house, it’s bedtime.
Allow me to explain.
We have a really long bedtime routine at our house. It takes at least an hour – usually more – and, in addition to the standard washing and brushing, includes the kids reading out loud in French, me or their dad reading out loud in English, and often time for reading quietly in their beds. And lots of snuggles, some of which are code for “for the love of all that is good, stop moving your body.”
From an outsider’s perspective, that may seem excessively long, but last evening alone perfectly illustrates why our children need so much time to settle down.
7pm, our kitchen
I look up from commenting on a blog post. “Thomas, you know the rule: no handstands after 7. Are you done making your lunch?”
“Yes. Just let me get in one more good one. Wait – will you take a picture? No wait, a video. You can put it on your blog.” He continues to do handstands. Up. Down. Up. Down.
I stare implacably. No, wait, I don’t. I actually say, “Sure, one picture” because I am a sucker and I am tired. Plus, I am twenty-two days into a month-long blog challenge, so I will take almost any topic. Three handstands later, I crack, “Enough. That’s all the handstands for today.”
Thomas pleads: “Please…. Just one more. Wait, that one wasn’t good. One more good one.”
This time I hold firm and shoo him up the stairs. I am turning my focus to child #2 when my husband jumps in to help.
“Mr. Eric, do you need to do any more on your lunch or would you like to be chased upstairs by your father screeching like a Tyrannosaurus Rex?”
Long pause. Eric tilts his head and shoots his father a mischievous look.
“I would like to be chased upstairs by turkey vultures.” He tears out of the kitchen.
And dad is up, running through the house, lifting his knees high, gobbling like a turkey while flapping his “wings.” Eric runs shrieking in front of him, swings around the newel post and flees up the stairs.
Don’t judge, it’s the fastest way to get him up to bed. But it does make a for a long bedtime routine. Good thing we all like the snuggles.