Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Grandma Curse Hits. Literally.

When I was a kid my mom would often fall asleep while reading me a story. Like most children, I did not understand the desire or need for a nap, so I would remedy this situation by smacking her: "Mom, wake up!!!" I just couldn't understand how someone could be tired enough to doze off in the middle of "Miss Nelson is Missing".

Then I became an adult and just knew that my little slapping tendency was going to come back to haunt me in a Grandma Curse kind of way. But, as Michael has never had the patience for a full story (too busy flipping the pages and looking for windows to slide and flaps to lift up), it hasn't been much of an issue.

But lately, he has started having almost enough patience to sit for a full story. So we've been reading "Curious George" (which I love, but wonder why I am reading to my rambunctious destructo-boy). Yesterday we snuggled up under the covers with a stack of books to read, and by the time we got to see what mischief George had found himself in that day, the words on the page started to blur and I found myself stumbling over simple sentences.

The next thing I knew, Michael was whacking me over the head with a plastic ball.

So I would just like to take this opportunity to say, Mom, I'm sorry I never let you have that nap you needed.

Though, in my case, it's probably better that Michael did whack me out of my slumber. You can't trust that kid unsupervised in the same house with a toilet brush and a fridge.


foculbrown said...

I was worried when we started ready "Calvin and Hobbs" to Colter. But, he uses Calvin as a counter example--an example of what he shouldn't do. It's kind of funny to hear him say, "Calvin would do this, but I won't do it." WWCND? (What Would Calvin NOT DO)

Sara said...

My mom did the SAME THING - falling asleep mid-sentence. I never understood it either - until I became a parent. Now Woodstock will often remind me, "Mommy wake! Wake mommy" while patting my face.

fiona said...

Oh goodness, I am so behind on blogs it's not even funny! But I was checking a few right now (as we're packing up to leave Seattle) and I can totally relate! I keep doing this. Anytime I get to semi-relax, especially reading to the rascals, I start to fall asleep. Or start talking incoherently. It's great. And yes, naps while 2-yr-olds are NOT napping are dangerous.