Manners and Etiquette

Captain’s Log. Daddy Chronicles. Diaper Date 1572b. Help. I am a grown man being held hostage against my will. Unfortunately, this is not the recurring daydream that I used to have during my Biology lab in college (all I remember from Biology is the daydream and Kingdom Phylum Class File Genius Species or whatever – there is a questionable acronym for this – king philip cried out for great s.. except I was sworn not to reveal the whole acronym , but it helped me pass the class) involving my version of the Odyssey and Halle Berry. (No judging. I was in college. Sorry, Halle, but I am spoken for. You had your chance.)
Instead, I am sitting on the floor, in the dark, trying not to make a sound.   The eldest fought sleep once more.  Once again, I rubbed her back and sat and watched her fall to sleep. 

It is like watching paint dry, water boil, or whatever useless analogy you want to use.  It truly is nerve wrecking. I could literally feel my blood pressure rise and boil. Just when it seemed she would fall asleep…she would kick herself awake like a wrestler kicking out of a pin. Or, better yet, like the Hulkster hulking out of the sleeper hold.


This girl is strong willed. That could work in my favor in the future, or it could be my undoing.

To complicate things, the diaper dweller woke up and usurped my backup. Now he and Mrs. Captain, who tried unsuccessfully to relieve me from barracks duty – until the eldest kicked her out, are both asleep in the other room.
I am still here. Listening to Disney Princesses (tonight’s selection) singing about manners and etiquette. Catchy toon when you are sitting alone, in the dark, trying not to make a sound.
The dog has even left me. It’s just me and the fish, Nemo (yes, predictable I know). Listening to the Princesses sing.

All are now quiet. This might be my chance.
shhhhh. i’m making a break for it.
captain out.
p.s. thanks for your votes. we are now #10 on babble. your continued support is appreciated.

2 thoughts on “Manners and Etiquette”

  1. Really love the writing – and totally relate to the sleep fight right now. Their little heads are both ridiculous and amazing. Good thing…
    I’m still thinking on my one word – seems to be going around this year ( as I was challenged by this from some other blogs in the blogosphere. I’m slow to process so maybe I should resolve this year to choose a word for next year. hmmm….

    • Beth,
      Thanks for the kind words and the website. I did not know there was a community. I got the idea from another teacher on Twitter. I loved the idea and have my students do it. Let us know if you pick one! Hope your sleep struggles end soon!


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