Thursday, July 9, 2020

My favourite night routine

These nights when it's 10pm, my phone will ring and iKON's Goodbye Road will play on my phone. Jubilee will be on my lap and she will make a sour face and tell the iKON uncles not to sing because she doesn't want the day to end. Me too, kid.

So I generously say, "Ok Ok another 5 more minutes" and we end up playing, eating late night snacks and scrolling on our gadgets for another 20 minutes.

Finally I am nearly comatose before I start tidying up the mess we made and I still put all my bags for work near the door, just like I did when I was 9 years old and always got ready for school the night before. I check that all the main doors are locked, the lights are turned off and I wish the poodles good night before I head up the stairs.

I check that Jubilee has her water bottle and brushed her teeth before I send her off to bed with lots of hugs and kisses (sooooo many kisses). Then I turn off the rest of the lights upstairs before I check in on Jedediah who is usually asleep much earlier than the rest of us.

I try to kiss and smell him without waking him up.

Then I do one final mouthwash before I say my prayers, say my gratitude to God and tuck into bed. I usually fall asleep scrolling 9gag and pass out with my phone in my hand.

I know they say that you should keep your phone away from you 2-3 hours before bedtime and that having gadgets around all the time is not healthy. But I still sleep well every night, with eagerness to see what tomorrow will bring.

Now that I am older, I know this is only temporary. Maybe the kids will outgrow me first or maybe the business will demand more of me even at night. Whatever changes will come, I want to just be in this moment and be thankful that it was one more day spent well with people who are precious.

Typing this out now, I am already starting to feel sleepy.


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