These days, I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning. I don’t even hear the alarm.
Sometimes, most times, I really just cannot wake up, and Silver Bullet would be kind enough to tend to the kids so I could sleep a little longer. The kids don’t even want to wait for me to shower them of late as they do not want to wait longer for me to mosey on.
Blame it on sleep- deprivation. There’s only so much your body can take from not having enough rest.
One morning, after yet another rough wake-up call and coming down late to join the kids for breakfast, this conversation happened:
Spud: Mama, I think you need to quit your job
Me: Oh? You think so? Why’s that?
Spud: You work a lot Mama. You are not getting enough sleep. You are always, tired! You knowwww, that’s not good for you
Me: If I do that, then you both have to stop going to school. I can’t just quit my job.
Spud: But why, Mama!
Me: Well, because we have to pay for your school. Schooling here is a rip-off by the way. And, we need to eat, we need to pay for rent, pay for your swimming and your taekwondo classes. If I don’t work, there are a lot of things we can’t do. We cannot go to Holland or Singapore, too.
Spud: What is a rip-off Mama?
Me: It means too expensive. It costs too much that it does not make sense
Spud: Oh. (Pause) Then your boss is not nice.
Me (laughing): Actually, he is a nice guy. Good guy.
Spud: But he makes you work a lot! That’s not too nice. You need to rest, Mama.
I had to laugh. She gave me a funny expression wondering why I laughed. Oh, Lordy! In more ways than one, she’s right. How does one even begin to explain such things to a 5-year-old?Spud amazes me with her questions and her insightful innocence. I love having conversations with her.
Perhaps, one day…one day she’ll understand…that we live in a crazy world. Especially so in Asia. And perhaps in 2 months, she’ll be annoyed that I’m home all the time and not at work!