Friday, April 12, 2013
Our four boys share a room with two bunk beds. Benjamin (11) and Abraham (7) have the top bunks, and Jonathan (4) and Gideon (3) have the bottom bunks.
Bottom bunkers go to bed at 7:00 (in theory). Top bunkers go to bed at 8:00. Typically, none of the bottom bunkers are asleep by the time the top bunkers get there, and we have strict "no talking" rules to cut down on the ensuing mayhem. The top bunkers have reading lights and may read for a bit.
Or, as I discovered during our Bedroom Clean, they may write and throw paper airplane notes for a bit.
This does bring to my attention that perhaps we need to stress pronunciation with the 7-yr. old. His brother's name, for instance, is "Ben," not "Ban." And we usually "tell" someone something, not "tall" them something. And the opposite of "no" is "yes," not "yas." Although, if you're a Southerner...
Abe: "Ben, I'm going to tell if we can watch a movie."
Abe: "Yes, tomorrow. Hope you sleep well."
Ben: "I hope we have cereal for breakfast."
Abe: "I hope we have sandwich for supper."
Ben: "I hope we have dessert maybe candy or ice cream."
Abe: "Let's stop talking about food, OK?"
Ben: "What do you want to talk about?"
And from there I found no more airplanes. By my count, that's at least eight successful throws across the room that needed to happen to continue the conversation.
I know their aim is not that good.
Which explains the multiple thumpings we hear each night...boys retrieving message planes.
And I can't decide if we should rewrite our Night Rules or quietly collect the planes for menu planning...