What can happen at 6:45 am when you’re fast asleep?
What CAN’T, is what I say.
me: (yawning) Hey Jack, good morning!
Jack: (jumping up on my bed wide awake) Hi Mommy!
me: (feeling his clothes) Why are you wet?? Your hair is wet!
Jack: Uhhh… I was outside.
me: Out of the HOUSE??
me: What the heck! Jack ! That is so dangerous! What were you doing?
Jack: (now worried) Nothing.
me: You talk right now mister! Can’t I ever wake up normally in this house?? Sheesh.
Jack: Well, I woke up and got dressed, and then went and got a flashlight. (winning smile)
Jack: I went outside. It’s raining.
me: Jack! Come on… What did you do?
Jack: I went over to Dina’s.
me: What for please.
Jack: We had a deal to meet at 7 o’clock outside.
me: How’d that work out for you?
Jack: She didn’t come out.
me: Because she was either still asleep or had enough sense to stay in the house. There are so many things wrong with this story.
Jack: It’s totally fine! I peeked in their window and the light on the stairs was on, but she wasn’t coming out, so then I came home. That was it.
me: Okay. I know you were brave and what you did seemed like an adventure, but it was very dangerous.
Jack: No it wasn’t.
me: What would have happened if you slipped in the driveway and hit your head. Mommy would be in here sleeping and no one would know you were hurt.
me: What if there were strangers lurking around and they saw a nice little boy to steal. (I know, that’s mean but I had to say it!)
Jack: There are no strangers here!
me: What about the guys doing the new roof over there, huh?
Jack: Oh yeah. I’m sorry.
me: Please please do not do this again. It’s okay to be brave, but brave people still have to be safe, or else they won’t be brave for very long.
Jack: I want to be brave a long time. So, if I tell you then can I do it again?
me: What do you think?
Jack: When you ask me that I already know it’s the opposite of my answer. Sigh.