As you may or may not know, we have an impending vacation. The wife and kid stayed home today to get cleaned up and packed so we can load the car and leave when I get home this evening. The plan was for the two of them to sleep in a little later than usual this morning. As such, we weren’t huge sticklers on bedtime last night, and the boy stayed up a little later than usual with us, since he was going to be getting up late this morning anyway. When we tucked him in, I made sure his alarm was turned off.
This morning however, as I was getting up and around to go to work, I ran into him in the hall, fully dressed and going about his regular Tuesday routine. I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see him.
“What in the world are you doing up?” I asked him.
“Well,” he stammered, “I’m usually up by now on a Tuesday.”
“True,” I said, “but this is not a usual Tuesday. What woke you up so early?”
“I just got up when my alarm went off,” he explained.
I shook my head, “Did you turn your alarm on in the night?”
“No,” he said.
“Well,” I said, “I made sure to turn your alarm off when you went to bed. If your alarm went off this morning, somebody turned it on in the night.”
“Oh,” he said, “Well, maybe I turned it on, but I don’t remember doing it.”
And then, as though faced with a logic paradox, he fell into verb-jibberish-explosion, “I thought that I did do… …well, I was just going to do to go for when I thought that I did…” His ears were smoking as he carried on incomprehensibly. Funny enough, he didn’t seem upset – just tired. I don’t think he was really even fully awake.
I cut him off, laughing, “It’s okay, it’s okay. You don’t need to be up yet. Why don’t you take your shoes off and get back into bed. Try to get a little more sleep and you can get up later.”
“OK,” he said as he went back into his room.
Jenni says that he’s in a great mood today, and has been very helpful. I guess It’s not all that easy being ten. This afternoon, I may have to ask him if he even remembers the conversation from this morning.