Pretending Not to Be a Zombie Parent (For the Kids' Sake)Dan Pearce
This is a post I’m writing on blind faith. I hope the words are coherent and legible. Heck, I hope I’m typing the right letters at all. After all, I can’t see my computer screen when my eyes still won’t open.
I did open them a couple minutes ago, barely. It took super human strength to do so. The clock said six…. something. It’s still mostly dark outside. Nobody should have to wake up this early. Nobody.
Yet in ten minutes, I’m going to leave this computer, splash some water in my eyes, and pretend that I’m wide awake. But that’s not all I’m going to have to pretend. I’m also going to have to put on the façade that I’m happy to be awake this early, that I’m ready for a great day, and that I don’t want nothing more than to crawl back in bed and sleep until tomorrow.
You see, in ten minutes, I’m going to have to wake up Noah and tell him that it’s time to get ready for school.
He’ll be grumpy. He’ll complain. He’ll stretch and fall back asleep several times. He’ll whine. He’ll whimper. He’ll declare that he’s “too tired to wake up.”
Just like I used to do when I was a kid. Just like I still do as an adult. Nobody likes waking up earlier than they’re ready.
But for some reason, when I look back into the caverns of history, I have memories of my parents being wide awake. Happy. Ready. Alive. Always when the first number on the clock was a six.
Could it be that they were putting on the same show I do every morning? Could it be that they also grumbled and groaned when they woke up, splashed water on their faces, and pretended to not be miserable?
After all, that’s what I do with my son, and if I do it right… he’ll have the same memories of me that I have of my parents. And that will help him be able to give the same memories to his own kids.
Because, let’s be honest, mornings just don’t work when everybody is grumpy.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. Would love your comments on this post. Do you put on a fake happy face early in the morning for your kids’ sake?
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