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Always Use Protection

Always Use Protection

Oh, yawn!

Getting moving the morning after Halloween is always tough for me.  The combination of excitement, junk food and chaos tends to cause me to be exhausted and scatter brained (Yes, I mean more than usual, so just hush up about that).

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Bodyguard Protection Toy TruckIt is doubly tough for my pack.  Getting them up for school is a nightmare.  They’re tired and unmotivated and have undoubtedly forgotten what they needed to do the night before.

Or have they?

This morning as I shuffled down the hall to my office in the still dark morning hours I was having trouble remembering what I was supposed to do first.  I went with “switch on the light in my office.”  That helped make things clearer. One thing in particular.

My new bodyguard had arrived.

Clearly, in the midst of all the hubbaloo last night, someone had remembered what they were supposed to do, and had done it.

I couldn’t help but smile.

For Throwback Day this week I want to revisit when my first bodyguard arrived.  My two youngest sons have long been the administrators of this vital support function in my life, and I don’t know how I would work without it.

A couple years ago on a Wednesday evening, Sons #3 & #4 came to understand that after they went to bed at night I would stay up to work.  I’m not sure they understood then, although I’m reasonably sure they do now, that I need peace and quiet to write.  Certainly, it will be years, probably not until they are parents themselves, before they will understand that I’d rather give up my sleep for that peace and quiet than give up my time with my children.

But what I know they did understand that day was that their mommy was up alone in the sleepy, dark house in the middle of the night.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Bodyguard Protection Toy TruckThis was, and to some degree I suppose still is, a scary concept to them.  When they wake up in the middle of the night they find it a frightening thing. So, loving sons that they are, they wanted to protect their mommy from the dangers of the night.

They scampered up to their room, and much inaudible discussion ensued.  A few minutes later they returned with a Lego peg-legged pirate, complete with sword and pistol. He (I’m quite certain he was a “he”) looked quite rough and tough and burly, as one would expect a Lego pirate to be.

They handed me their little plastic treasure and explained to me that he was to sit on my laptop computer.  “He’s to keep you company, and to keep you safe,” Son #3 had explained.  “So you won’t be lonely…or scared,” Son #4 added….

…. But, one night when I sat down to work Pegleg was nowhere to be seen….

….I had to know what had happened to Pegleg!….

Click on over to My Bodyguard’s Assault Cannon Is Bigger Than Yours to find out what happened to Pegleg and for some laughs.

As always the extra click counts as cardio.

The picture above of the red truck is this week’s bodyguard.  He doesn’t have a name, but if you look carefully you will see that he is sticking his tongue out.  Gotta love a bodyguard with attitude.

Laugh Out Loud!

Does someone do something to protect you?  What brings you comfort when you are alone?  Shoot me  a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

13 Responses
  • kenyagjohnson
    November 1, 2012

    When my son was 4 and my husband was deployed, one night he told me I could have Teddy for the night. He had a bunch of people to sleep with. Before he fell asleep he called for me and asked could we trade. LOL!

    • gina valley
      November 2, 2012

      Oh, that is so sweet! Isn’t it amazing how they watch out for us?

  • Janene
    November 2, 2012

    That is adorable. Kids are so sweet and sons always want to protect and take care of their mommas! 🙂

    Just popping over to visit all the blogs that have linked up this week at More Than Mommies Mixer! Hope you got your chocolate fix and that you will come back and join us next week! We have high hopes for our Mixer and want to thank you for helping us grow!

    Janene from More Than Mommies!

  • gina valley
    November 2, 2012

    It is so heartening and fun to see how they watch out for us, isn’t it?

    I’m glad you stopped by. I am always happy to help out. Looking forward to next week.

  • PeskyPippi (@PeskyPippi)
    November 2, 2012

    That is so funny! I have a little plastic Lucy-on-a-sled-with-a-snowman figure on my desk. Lovingly given to me by my oldest. I treasure it.

    • gina valley
      November 5, 2012

      Thank you, Pippi! I’m glad you liked it.
      Isn’t it great to have something from the heart to look at like that while you work?

  • Roxi @ Mr. Jacob's Mom
    November 6, 2012

    That is so sweet! Whenever I work late nights in our office at home, I usually ask my husband to stay in the room with me or we’d have our mobile phones on so I can hear him and he can hear me (we have unlimited calls here). I’m such a scaredy cat!

  • Pamela
    November 7, 2012

    Such a sweet post! Yes, my kiddies watch everything I do! Since I have 5 boys they are always protecting there mama!

  • rsrote
    November 7, 2012

    How thoughtful…my son like to turn on the hall light to keep us safe.He also has a Build a Bear Dino, that sits near his door =)

  • Karen Presley Dawkins
    November 7, 2012

    Such a sweet post. Your sons sound absolutely marvelous!

  • That is so sweet. My daughter seems to think her 11yr old basset is a body guard, so she sleeps at the foot of her bed.(:

  • Andrea
    November 7, 2012

    Super sweet! My four year old is my body guard. According to him he can kill dragons and bad guys easily!

  • mommacan
    November 7, 2012

    That is so sweet. I have Elvis watching over most of the time. Its Karate Elvis so its super cool.