There is a meme that I keep seeing doing the rounds on Instagram and Pinterest (and of course it will no doubt pop up on Facebook at least two weeks after it has been shared everywhere else) that goes something along the lines of when your toddlers are teenagers, don’t forget to wake them up at 3.35 to tell them your sock fell off.
You know the one, right?
This actually made me smile for two reasons.
One, I had forgotten that particular joy of having toddlers. Being woken up for the silliest of reasons, dealing with a tantrum because their pink bowl isn’t pink enough and so on and such forth. They are all such distant memories now. It’s nice to be able to look back on the toddler years and smile (probably because I know that I will never have the horror of actually living through them again!) Hey, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
But second of all, it made me smile to think that all these poor parents in the midst of the terrible toddler years think that it can’t possibly get any worse. And that at least they can look forward to the day when they have teenagers because it won’t mean being woken up in the middle of night again. Heck, they can even plot to take their revenge for all the sleepless nights that they have suffered.
They might not be waking you up to tell you that their sock fell off but there is a very good chance of them waking you up at that time as they roll home drunk. Not that you ever fell asleep properly in the first place. You’ve spent the last however many hours just laying in bed wide awake waiting to hear that key in the latch to know that they are home safe. Or my absolute favourite is when they think they are being considerate by not banging on the door in the early hours of the morning and instead ring you to ask you to unlock the door because they forgot their key!
But I guess all of those parents of little ones sharing this meme will have the joy of finding this out for themselves soon enough, won’t they? I won’t spoil the surprise *snort*
Sleepless nights. Do they ever end? Eighteen years and counting. Ugh.