Anyway, I digress a bit. The point of mentioning our schedule is that the bedtime ritual is more or less always the same. The kids go to bed mostly without complaint, because they know how it's all done and that's just the way it is. Part of our bedtime ritual is that after family prayer, before getting in his own bed, Big helps tuck Bud in and then turns out Bud's light. This is where things can get a little dicey. Sometimes it can take quite a while to accomplish the task.
Here is a picture of Bud's switch plate:
Those of you who have been following the blog are aware that Big has a bit of a ball addiction, so, the fact that Bud's light switch is surrounded by balls.... well, it can make it a bit of an ordeal to get the light turned out. Here is an example of how it can go:
Me: "Turn the light out, Big"
Big: (as he points) "Backet-ball, base-a-ball, soccer ball..."
Me: "Yes, Big, just like last night-- now turn the light out."
Big: "... football, backet-ball, base-a-ball...."
Me: (a bit exasperatedly) "Yep! Just like every night we do this, Big. Turn the light out or I will!"
Most nights, I can get Big to stop about here and he will turn the light out (you may have noticed that there is a hockey puck up in the left hand corner-- Big obviously isn't interested in hockey and ignores it completely). Other nights, it can go on and on like this:
Big: "soccerball, football, star, star, star..."
Me: (with resignation) "Please turn the light out, Big"
Big: "...star, star, star, star.." (yes, there are seven stars!)
I know he really doesn't want to go to bed if he gets to this:
Big: (still pointing as he goes) "... screw, screw.....WALL, more wall..."
I usually don't let it get this far, because when it is time for the kids to be in bed I am READY for them to be in bed. But, if we're actually a few minutes early I'll let him do it. It's kind of funny.... until it stops being funny. Then I'll put a stop to it. I mean, my alone time in the evenings is sacred. I'll only let him mess with it for so long.