"Does Dad ever sleep at work?" Lukas asked Mrs. LIAYF the other day.
I'm not sure what her answer was, but it should have been "Nope". Sure, I find myself dragging myself around like a character from the Walking Dead on some days. But I survive, and am still very productive.
He had a good reason for asking, but I will get to that in a moment.
But first, I'll admit it. I haven't been getting enough sleep lately.
I'd like to blame the kids for this, and really they do play a big part in the fact that I am tired a lot, but honestly I can't lay the blame firmly at their feet. I just stay up way too late anymore, and get up just as early. I could avoid this, of course, if I just went to bed right after Mrs. LIAYF and I got them to bed, got the dishes and laundry done, lunches made, and our calendars up to date.
But I don't. I find I still need some time to wind down after the long day.
This results in my often attempting to function the next day on a few precious hours of sleep. And that doesn't work out as well for me as it did when I was in my 20's, or even my 30's. Strange, right?
Lukas has noticed too. That's because, as it was relayed to me, he spent a recent recess during school sitting with a 'cute' girl who had an interesting book of goofy inventions. And when a page turned to reveal a particular bright idea, Lukas knew just where it might best be used.
"That would be perfect for my Dad" he announced to the girl - who was a friend. And, upon hearing about it, I guess I would have to agree. I could use one of those sometimes.
What was this wonderful invention? The one that seemed absolutely perfect for his old man?
Wait for it........
It was essentially a hat, but made with pillows surrounding it. That way, if the wearer happened to, oh I don't know, FALL ASLEEP in the middle of going about their day! they wouldn't bump their head. Rather, they could just take a nap.
Yeah, apparently dad needs one of those. He must think of me as a Narcoleptic.
"That is brilliant!!" I told Mrs. LIAYF with a chuckle late last night when she told me. "It's so nice to know that my loving boy is thinking all about me and my well being." "Maybe I should go to bed now."
But alas I am tired once again today. In fact, I think I could really use that awesome pillow hat invention thing.
I wonder if today they'll get to the page with the toothpicks that hold open eyelids.