Mondays are my late night. When I come home, I expect to let the babysitter go home, and finish putting Ry to bed. J should be in a deep sleep by then. As I said, this is what should happen. Tonight when I came home, Ry ran up to me, and gave me a hug-a hug, that suggested he wanted something from me, more than an “oh I’m really glad to see you” hug. I coughed. And then I heard J pull extra hard on his door to open it and then he jumped on me. And as I walked the sitter downstairs, the boys indicated they were hungry. However when I tried to find out what they wanted to eat, they were hugging Ed the cat and Gogurt the kitten.
So I lined up three bowls of cereal and waited for the additional late night requests. The truth is I just don’t have it in me after a long day at work to become strict dad. Also I’m glad I get to hang with them for awhile before they go to bed. Their late night excitement led to a request for candy- I said ,”no.” And then, some cookies, I said”no.” And finally, “a little watching.” I gave them my pat late night answer, “if you finish your flossing, brushing, and rinse, you can watch a few minutes of the Electric Company.
They would never pick the Electric Company over something “On Demand.” But when the choice is Electric or nothing, they’ll gladly join Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, Irene kara and the rest of the cast. And then, its time to put out the light.