Sunday, June 01, 2008

The sleep of the unfairly persecuted

Imagine you are a 5 year old boy. You've watered the flowers, played on the slip and slide, gone flower and grocery shopping and inhaled a small Strawberry Water Ice. Now it's early afternoon, and your mother is trying to get you to lay down. You cajole, you whine, you offer bribes (I'll let you give me kisses if I don't have to take a, silly boy, I will just take my kisses!). Finally, the tired mother gives in and says you can go play quietly in your room for a while, not watch TV. This is total justification to throw your Imaginext castle across your room, stomp your feet and scream, isn't it? I mean, she's being unreasonable to then place you on your bed and tell you to stay there and not get up, right? Am I right?

Now imagine you are a 9 year old girl, and that same mom comes in to tell you the same bad tv right now. You are totally within your rights to throw yourself on the bed and sob your heart out. TV is totally that important. And when your mom gently suggests that maybe your bed really is the best place for you to be for a while, you should loudly yell several no's at her retreating figure.

And when she comes up 5 minutes later to check on you both, and you are sound asleep, it isn't because she was right and you were tired. Oh no, it's just that life without TV is so boring you have nothing better to do than sleep.

1 comment:

karisma said...

They are totally right! I just read this to Dinoboy and he says you were out of line! LOL! It was definitely the boredom!