Nighttime is NOT the Right Time

>> Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The sun is setting. Elizabeth notices the dwindling light and announces, "Mommy, I hate the night.”

“You do? Why?” Are you having nightmares? Are you afraid of the dark? Do you hear strange noises? What?

“I hate the night because I have to sleep.”

Oh, yea. I noticed that was a problem...


“Mommy, I have a bad feeling.”

“Oh no, you do?”

“Yes. I have a bad, bad feeling... that if I don’t get any cheese before bed, I’ll never go to sleep.”

“If you don’t get any cheese?”

“Yes. It’s bad news. I’ve just got a bad feeling.”

“Yea, me too.”


“Mommy, what can I do? I have a gajillion thoughts in my head. I can’t sleep.”

“Try to think nice, calm thoughts -- like drifting in a raft on a lake, or taking a nap in the sun.”

Elizabeth closes her eyes and tries to think soothing thoughts. Then suddenly she opens her eyes and says in exasperation, “Mommy, I can only think fun thoughts!”


“Mommy, I need to talk to you.”

“Oh yea?” I tuck Elizabeth into bed and she takes my hands in her hands and holds them tightly to her chest.

“Mommy, my heart it breaking.”

“It is?”

“Yes, my heart... my heart is breaking. It’s just breaking.”

Oh crap, what’s this about?

“What’s wrong, honey?”

“My heart is breaking because you get to watch TV at night and I have to go to bed. You get to watch TV and I have to stay here. In bed.

Uh, huh.

“My heart. It’s just breaking.”


shot in the arm March 5, 2008 at 4:28 PM  

I think this post should be 'Come read this to crack a smile!' How cute!

Jessie March 5, 2008 at 5:45 PM  

She certainly knows how to use her words ;)

Rima March 5, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

My heart is breaking for her, too :)

shot in the arm March 5, 2008 at 8:04 PM  

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Hope you are enjoying your television time!

mimi of 'sexagenarian and the city',  March 5, 2008 at 8:29 PM  

clever kid, that elizabeth; and very articulate, too. wonder where she gets it from?!

Molly March 6, 2008 at 10:11 AM  

Everyone knows you MUST have cheese before bed! Too funny.

Dawn March 7, 2008 at 12:04 PM  

OMG!! That is hilarious! Sounds like something Daelyn would say.
Love it.
And my heart broke for her and I am sure what is an extremely detrimental lack of tv.

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