It started out fairly innocently.
I was putting The Littles to bed - you know the routine: brushing teeth, going potty, putting on jammies, taking off jammies, choosing another pair of jammies, taking off those jammies, finally settling on big sissy's t-shirt - which, thankfully, she's cool with, saying bedtime prayers, talking about the best parts of days...
Then we turn out the lights. Via is snuggled into her bed in her room. Noni is sprawled across the top bunk, Yaya and I are tucked into the bottom bunk.
Lot's of calling to each other happens in the dark:
"Good Night, Via. Love you!"
"Night Yaya. Love you, too. Night, Noni. Love you."
"Night, Via. Love you, too. Night Yaya. Love you."
"Night, Noni. Love you, too."
For that moment, we become the Walton's - a family that is serenely happy and always speaks to each other with love and respect, even when they are completely stressed out about the failing family business and topsy-turvey finances. Oh, and we're starring in a successful family-friendly TV series. It's good.
All: "Night, Mom. Love you bigger than the house!"
"I love all of you, too. Now, it's time to be quiet and go to sleep. Good night."
Oh, my heart. Could there be a luckier person on this planet? I am right where I should be tonight...
Then, out of the darkness, from the bed above me...
"Mom? Can I have a sparkly dress that doesn't have any shoulders?"
"You mean a strapless dress?"
"Not any time soon."
"Like when I'm 9?"
"No. More like 17 or 18."
"How 'bout 10?"
"No. 17. If you're lucky."
"Don't push your luck."
"I want tall, gold, strappy shoes to go with it."
"Good luck with that."
Ok, I'm tired. It won't be long now, and all 3 Littles will be fast asleep and I can tip-toe downstairs to watch "Medium" and drink a cup of tea. Alone. One the couch. Mommy-bliss.
"Mom? When am I going to have sex?"
Oh, God. When is she going to fall asleep?
"I don't know. Not any time soon. A long time after you get the strappless dress."
"Yeah, but how old will I be? When I, you know, have sex?"
"I don't know. 30!"
Seriously, what can we talk about now?!
"What is it Noni?"
"I learned a new song in school about a fart!"