Fifth of July (Or Is It?)

July 5, 2010 @ 9:10 am | Filed under:

Scott took the four girls to see fireworks last night, while I stayed home with my exhausted, early-to-bed boys. It was a peaceful evening for me, and a quick one. The girls tumbled in the door around ten, flushed, starry-eyed, thrilled. “Too wonderful to talk about,” Rose said, which may be a first for our family. Scott had found them a choice spot on a rise at the edge of a golf course, and they stretched out on their backs—no blanket, we don’t think that far ahead—looking at stars until the fireworks started. Scott says Rilla ran and ran and twirled in the dark, and it was magical. She fell asleep on the way home, and he carried her straight to bed. I’d dressed her in soft clothes just in case, so we wouldn’t have to wake her by switching to pajamas.

This morning she padded down the hall toward me, staring in sleepy confusion at her pink sweater and t-shirt.

“I didn’t go to bed?” she asked, or said—it was more a statement than a question, but clearly a statement of fact which she found puzzling.

I’m trying to imagine swimming up toward consciousness and finding myself in my bed, with my sisters still sleeping in theirs, and then noticing my daytime clothes and deciding that meant I hadn’t slept at all. Even when I explained, she was still skeptical.

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  1. MelanieB says:

    “I didn’t go to bed?”

    I love it! Sounds like she’s as much of a morning person as Bella is.

  2. Sara says:

    One time we pulled off Brendan’s pants and put him in bed asleep. When he woke up, he said his pants fell off while he was sleeping. Cracks me up, the stuff they come up with!

  3. Elizabeth C. says:

    Our kids slept in the very same clothes they wore during the day too! Two slept in the RV and the other two in their beds…our 3 year thought it hilarious that she was still in “her day clothes”.

    I love these moments!

  4. Lisa says:

    Sweet, sweet, sweet. Contrast that with trying to keep tabs on 5 teenagers, with alcohol and tobacco EVERYWHERE [and probably worse!] lol–I’ll take twirlling in the dark and magical memories any day! lol……..