Saturday, December 21st 2019
AT RISE: Mom is slowly waking up on Saturday morning to find herself mashed between Dear Hubsand and Dear Daughter ClaraJane.
ClaraJane: [Lying with her head propped up in her hand, whispering to herself] Darn it darn it darn it darn it darn it darn it darn it…
Mom: [Rolls over and puts arms around daughter and snuggles in half asleep, eyes still closed.]
CJ: Mom can I tell you about my dream?
CJ: So I was in outer space!? And Gavin was too!? But we were teenagers, and…
Mom: [Interrupts] “TEENAGERS IN SPACE!”
CJ: Mo-om! OK, so we were in outer space!? But we could breathe out there?! And…
Mom: “AIRHEADS IN SPACE!”
Mom: “SPACE HEADS!”
CJ: [Laughing] MOM!
Mom: [Silent, smiling, holding her breath.]
CJ: You can laugh you know.
Mom: [Surprised] OH!
Mom: I have permission to laugh in my own bed?
CJ: [Still laughing] Yes!
Mom: THANK YOU!
CJ: [Earnestly] So can I finish telling you my dream?
Mom: [Still sleepy] Shhh… yes baby but not right now. It’s Quiet Time.
CJ: Oh so can I leave?
Mom: [Wraps arms and legs around daughter] Yes but you’ll need permission.
CJ: [Stuck, laughing.] Ugh!
Mom: You can leave, [opens arms and legs and then shuts them again] but for a limited time only [clamps back down].
CJ: [Stil stuck.] Mo-om!
Mom: OK fine. GO. [Releases her.]
CJ: [runs out]
Mom: And don’t come back!
Cats: [Enter bedroom, jump on bed and proceed to purr all over Mom & Dad.]