When Roland has been out of town (which really has not been too often) I will allow Jenna to sleep in my bed.
At 6:00 last night she went toward her room and announced that she’d be going to bed – which I really didn’t believe until I saw her in her pajamas. She had returned to ask if she could watch something in my room. She really was tired – I could see that the second time. I knew she wouldn’t finish seeing whatever video she chose.
She loves the reality show “What WouldYou Do?” which doesn’t start until 8:00. By that time I decided I would go into my room as well. I turned off the DVD player and turned the TV to ABC and got in bed. Jenna was asleep.
Then comes the advertisement for “What Would You Do?” and Jenna comes to life. She’s not the only one who’s tired – and actually has more focus during the show and I am the one nodding off.
An advertisement came on for a hamburger – I don’t recall which fast food place it is for but the logo says, “It’s not as expensive as you think” – although I’m guessing we heard it wrong.
I actually had not paid attention to the commercial, but guessed that maybe that’s how it was phrased when Jenna turned to me and asked, “Why would they advertise something is more expensive than you think?”
It struck me funny – and I continued laughing as I would imitate, “you may think you can afford this – but it’s more expensive than you think.”
I tried to control my laughter – but kept on going out of tiredness more than anything. Jenna became offended with my taunting and making fun of her error. To make her feel better, I shared one of my own.
“Have you seen those lights that blink – they are usually located far above the ground to warn planes that they are flying too low? If the pilot can see the light, he knows he has to make the plane go higher.
“Well, one time I was asking about one that I saw, but I said the wrong thing. I asked if it was a warning for planes that were flying too high.
“Of course Patrick and his friend couldn’t let that slide and so they teased me about it. ‘Yes, it is a warning for pilots who might be flying into the sun.’ ‘Watch out for the sun!’ It was a long while before they stopped teasing me about it”
And so the joke that Jenna and I now share between us is that she will say, “Look out! You’re going to hit the sun.” And I will come back with, “It’s more expensive than you think.”
This morning she starts in with our new inside joke. I am still tired. And so I turn on the TV. The cartoon selection is quite different on Saturday than it is before she leaves for school. A wide selection of preschool programs. The ones shared by the main networks have not started yet. That leaves some kind of Sci-Fi and a Biblical story. I select the one from the BYU channel.
As she is watching the story of Joseph, she interrupts my sleep again, “Mom, is this the same story as “Little Joe” from “Veggie Tales”
“They don’t have French accents though”
“Jenna. This version is more accurate than Veggie Tales. Please let me sleep.”
Joseph ends. She’s not interested in the workout video that follows. I hand her the remote.
She settles on a pre-school program that is broadcast in Spanish – and then translates it for me. I’m grateful that she has learned new language skills and that she is actually grateful (for a change) to be learning Spanish – and actually has been excited about it! I am so happy to hear that!