Monday, May 12, 2008

Awakenings

I have this bizarre faith that when my children are sleeping they are actually hard at work growing gynormous brains.

When they sleep late in the mornings, the world seems GLORIOUS.

Freakish as it is, my children rarely sleep late on weekends.

[What is that about? I’m thinking it's a dag gam CONSPIRACY!]

Regardless, I facking HATE to wake them.

Sleep ON, my sleepy sleepers!

Alas, sometimes
The Mayor and The Rooster have to be roused from bed..

On weekdays, K’s got a train to catch and I have a standing date with the cabana boy lap lanes at the pool.

My hindquarter has lately realized it's potential as a life-saving, inflatable device and I MUST swim.

But oh, to wake them...

-sigh-

My mom used to come into my bedroom and ask me to get up in the mornings.

After asking me 1,000 times, she’d send in my Father.

My Dad would stand at the end of my bed and grab a handful of my covers.

Then he would VIOLENTLY RIP THEM FROM MY BED.

FACK!!!

Startle much?

Oh, how I hated that.

For the last few mornings I’ve been waking The Mayor by wrapping his body in my arms and kissing his little face.

One kiss on the cheek and one on the forehead…

He stretches his arms out straight and rolls over in the bed.

One kiss on the other cheek and one on the chin.

He wraps his arms around me.

Slowly he comes into wakefulness.

This is the way my Grandma, my father’s mother, would wake me when she visited.

She was a fierce, battle-ax of a woman who could (and would) kick your ass from here to next Tuesday in a game of Yahtzee, but she woke me that way every time she woke me – even when I was in high school.

Despite giving Death a noble thrashing, she died in the late nineties.

When I realized that waking The Mayor this way was her gift to him it made me smile, remembering her.

43 comments:

Backpacking Dad said...

I'm pretty sure my daughter gets smarter when she sleeps. She seems to have new skills and confidence every time she wakes up.

Or, she could just be less tired, grumpy, clumsy, and impatient with the world after a good sleep and all I remember is the contrast :}

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I love love it when my girls sleep in on the weekends because it happens so RARELY! ;)

Love the way you wake up the Mayor. How sweet is that!

Clink said...

You made me smile.

Law Student Hot Mama said...

My dad would totally get out his TRUMPET and play "Reveille" at the foot of the bed. It sucked an egg.

Mrs. Schmitty said...

Your children will, like you, remember the wonderful way they were woken up as children.

foop said...

So good that you can hear her voice, J. So many kisses to pass on.

jakelliesmom said...

You are full of the grandmotherly love these days. Such warmth.

My girl usually wakes me up with her tiny hands in my face, the boy could sleep for years on a school morning, but is up with the morning birds when it's time for weekend cartoons!

Jennifer said...

You have the most beautiful thoughts.

jess said...

Sweet!

jeanie said...

My father - a wet washer applied to the face.

A vow I have made is never to repeat that one on my own daughter.

What a great treasury of memories you are building for your children.

crunchycarpets said...

I start by ear sucking and if that doesn't work, pj bottoms are pulled down and exposed to cool air and tickles.

Rachael said...

Great post.. it's so fun to be able to wake your kids up that way!

Moi said...

So very sweet.

Mornings don't work for me, so it would only be logical that I married a morning person, then gave birth to two morning people.

My mom used to wake me up by using a wooden spoon and a pot to make a HEINOUS amount of noise. I think that is the reason I do not own one wooden spoon.

Jenn said...

It made me smile, that you can remember with such love and adoration.

What a gift; her to you and you to her memory.

Holly said...

Just wait until they are teenagers, you will revert to your father's method. Trust me!

Circus Kelli said...

That's lovely. Truly.

Misa Gracie said...

My mom used to wake us kids up by singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" as her finger nails "crawled" up our uncovered arms, legs and neck. It was funny if I woke up and she was attacking my sister, not so much if I was the victim. When I have kids, I'll probably do the same thing with them.

furiousBall said...

ok, NOW i really miss my kids. a sleeping child is so sweet.

CM said...

I cannot WAIT until my kid is old enough to grasp the concept of sleeping in. For him, 6:30 is an unusually late morning.

My mother used to grab my covers too, except she didn't give me all the warnings... if I "slept in" (past 8 a.m.), she would stride into my room, proclaiming, "TIME TO GET UP!" and yank the blankets off. Cruel woman.

kittenpie said...

I was tough to rouse, and my parents tried all manner of rude awakenings, but I love waking Pumpkinpie with a snuggle on the rare days I need to wake her.

And grandmas are such magic.

anne said...

Aww.. what a nice memory and a nice legacy. :-)

Super B's Mom said...

Blame it on my PMS but this post has me in tears!! Makes me want to go home, put Super B back in bed and start the day all over.

WONDERFUL post!

Amy said...

This is really special. Better than that yank the covers off thing. My mom has had to do that to me. Suck.

Cyndi said...

My dad used to either shake my bed or flip me in the head to get me to wake up. Not fun.

JoeinVegas said...

Sounds like a nice way to be woken up. We'll see how the teen agers like it.

Anonymous said...

I never knew that. Thanks for sharing. I remember Ady slapping the door frame and calling "Rise and Shine and give God the Glory". I love that memory. Grandma Seattle

Virtualsprite said...

Beautiful post.

I wake up the Ubergoober like that, too. Lots of kisses. Unlike my mother, who would unleash the unholy herd of schnauzers on me to get me out of bed. *shudders*

that girl said...

when I was a kid my room had wood blinds and I would awaken to the CLACKCLACKCLACKCLACK of my mother ripping them open and sun blazing into the room. Good times... I like your way better.

Little Nut Tree said...

I wake mine this way too... precious moments in the world between sleep and awake

magic land
x

Arwen said...

Folgers holds nothing to this, this really is the best part of waking up. We wake Noodle the same way

Anonymous said...

My father's preferred wake-up method was to throw both of our large dogs onto the bed. Yours sounds like a kinder, gentler, lovlier method of parental alarm clock.

- Decatur Amelia

carrie said...

Oh, the gifts that we never even realized we were passing along - those are the best ever.

I love the way you wake him, I'll have to remember that in the morning as I am dragging the dragon (Katie) from her much-loved sleep!

Meritt said...

Our fathers must have been related. Mine would come to the doorway at 7:00 am on Saturday morning bellow "Get Up! It's 7:00! There's work to be done!"

Ugh.

I would get up to clean house while my three brothers sat in their baggy white Fruit of the Looms and at Cheerios in front of the console television.

Carey said...

Beautiful. My daughter grunts no, even when I kiss her and cuddle her...she is a lot like the way I was. But on the weekend...my little rooster is up at the crack of dawn! LOL.

TRS said...

I'm a night owl. I think it's in our DNA to be either an early riser or a night owl.

Mom had to call me a million times to wake me on a school day. On weekends or during summer - mom and dad would let me sleep pretty late... then dad would stand at the door and yell, "Get UP now! You're gonna sleep the whole day away!"

Lotta said...

What a lovely memory they will have of you waking them!

Yolanda Elvira said...

sweet, sweet.

Yolanda Elvira said...

oh, and my mom would sing this song...

waking UPPETY!!
time to WAKEEEEYYY!
cherreeeeOOOH EEEE OHHHHS!!
yummyyyyy OOHHH EEEE OOHHHHHSSS!!

it sounded sweeter when she was singing it. less so when it's out there all typed out.

i promise you, i miss her morning song.

Kelley said...

oh that is wonderful. My mother wouldn't wake me at all. It was up to me. She is not known at Mother Of the Year for nuffin.

Every morning I have a fight with Boo to get up. No matter HOW I do it he still fights me. Except on the mornings he wakes at 3am... and those mainly happen on weekends. Bloody kid.

Blondie said...

Well, if you unsure if your children are getting smarter while sleeping, you can always place an encyclopedia (open, not closed) under their heads. The knowledge will most certainly be absorbed into their brains. It's through osmosis that this works.

karrie said...

Green with envy. I still here "Open your eyes, Mommy! It's mourrrrrrrning!!" around 5:30 most days.

urgh.

Cakabaker said...

My mom would play the piano. Battle Hym of the Republic (loudly) in the mornings and Hawaiian Love Song in the evenings for lights out.

Ewokmama said...

I totally agree with your sentiments here. I hate to wake my son so I try to sing to him, hug him, kiss him, let him awaken as gently as possible. My mom used to do the same for me and even though I hated waking up, she made it just a little easier.

I wish I still had someone to wake me up like that instead of the nasty alarm!