Tuesday, August 30, 2011

When did I get so old?

It's been a long time since I've pierced body parts...


weathered a stormy German night in a tent...


basked in the Mediterranean sun...


or hiked through the Alps.  

As life treks on and my responsibility load keeps moving me precariously closer to being a full-fledged adult, our thrill factor has somewhat diminished.  But I think yesterday's events knocked another few notches off what little thrill factor we had remaining.  

On Monday night, Kevin tutors two little boys at our home.  They cancelled this week, leaving us with a night wide open.  What oh what were we to do with our expanse of free time?  This is the conversation that commenced:

Kev: I could go for heading to bed early tonight.

Beck:  Oh!  Me too!  I can't remember the last time I got 8 hours of sleep.

Kev: Well, what time should we turn in?

Beck: Let's get in bed with plenty of time to read for a while but still go to sleep before 10.

Kev: Excellent idea!

So we went to bed at 8:30 and I was asleep by 9:30.  Chinese preschool children don't even go to bed that early!  My neighbor's 18 month old son doesn't even go to bed that early!  Nevertheless, even though the sun is up by 5:30 AM here does not mean that I'm ready to get up, though I have volitionally set my alarm to help me do just that.

On Tuesday night, one of my local Chinese friends was supposed to come over for dinner.  She called me that afternoon to cancel our plans because her husband was getting ready to go out of town for a business trip.  Which again left us again with an evening alone at home and a familiar conversation:

Kev: Want to go to bed at 8:30 again?

Beck: Absolutely.

Old and boring.  That's what we are.  But perhaps I could instead euphemistically label myself as well-rested and sane.

Now if you'll excuse me, it's almost 9.  Past my bedtime!

10 comments:

Susan/Mama said...

Amazing what children will do to you isn't it. When Mark was born, I instantly felt like I was an adult. Not sure I got to bed at 8:30 though. Take advantage of their sleeping now. It certainly won't last forever.

Chris & Sarah Peek said...

Oh B, we do the same thing! You can sleep in as much as you want while you're here. I'll take a turn or two with the wee men!

jscorbin said...

Even your Mom and I don't head to bed until after 9!!!

Ann Garriss said...

Now it is hard for me to go to bed and read for more then 15 min without falling asleep and I have 10 and 12 year olds. The problem is trying to get them to bed before me.

Rachel said...

This is so funny Beck! I'm glad you're choosing to rest when you can...and so glad that you're in a good routine now with the boys so you can turn in early! with all our craziness lately a night before midnight has been pretty rare. But, inspired by you and a sore throat coming on, tonight shall be different! The organizing/sorting/home school prep can wait one more day!
Rest well, Rach

David said...

It's amazing how you day shifts when 0500 is "up" time. Of course, that is why they call 2100 "missionary midnight."

Kristie said...

Dude, that's me every night. :)

sandra said...

I love going to bed early, but I rarely do so because I get so focused on what I can get done when the kids are asleep.

Christy said...

David leaves for work at 5:45 everyday, so we're also "old" and go to bed early :)

Kristen said...

Love, love, love it! Sometimes a good night's sleep is just what one needs.