Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
So, that’d be lovely, if it worked. But for us folks who lie awake at night and toss and turn and think about solving the worlds problems-it’s a bit frustrating. As a baby, I stayed up til midnight, had a little snack around 6 am, then snoozed til 10:00. So maybe I should blame my parents for my poor sleeping habits. At any rate, it takes me forever to go to sleep, and I’m always dreadfully envious of those folks who fall to sleep at the drop of a hat.
So. When I was a young one my dad bought be the aforementioned book, Good Night, Sammy. And I know there’s kindred spirits out there who lay awake at night counting sheep, (I really do, they hop over the fence like they’re on pogo sticks) so I thought we’d do a little story time. Get your blankies and curl up.
Good Night, Sammy. By Cyndy Szkeres.
‘I can’t sleep! Sammy calls to his mama and papa. (don’t even know how many times I’ve uttered those words). My paw is too noisy. It goes twitchety-twitch. My pillow is too squashy. MY TAIL IS BEING TROUBLESOME!’ (I love hollering that out to Wesley. Really, just holler it out to your spouse sometime. It makes you feel so much better about life).
‘Mama gives Sammy a hug. Then she smooths the kickety-kick blanket. Papa gives Sammy’s bouncety-bounce doll a little doll kiss. He lays Sammy’s chair down on the floor. It doesn’t go rickety-rock anymore.’
‘Mama kisses Sammy’s paw. It stops going twitchety-twitch. Papa fluffs up Sammy’s squashy pillow. Then he tells Sammy’s troublesome tail a story. I’m still not tired, says Sammy. Everything is wide awake.’ (Gosh those words are familiar, and I adore Sammy’s face is this picture.).
‘Everything needs a song says Mama. Goodnight Sammy’s paws, sings Mama. Goodnight Sammy’s tummy, croons Papa. Goodnight wiggly nose, sings Sammy. Good night whiskery whiskers. Goodnight blinky eyes.’ (I sometimes read this to Wesley, he’s always thrilled, but I do a real good job on the crooning part, should any of you like me to demontrate this in person, just ask.) ‘Papa is fast asleep! Shhh, says Mama’.
‘Sammy sings very softly. Good night pajamas. Goodnight pajama buttons. Good night Mama. Mama has fallen asleep too! Sammy rolls over on his side. He pulls up the covers. He snuggles his head into the fluffy pillow.’