Selective Hearing

Let me explain how Saturday morning works in our house. After I’ve been up for a few hours — and I am not an early riser — I try to get Stick moving. I offer him coffee, I remind him of the things we had planned to do today, I ask him what he wants for breakfast, I tell him there’s plenty of hot water if he wants a shower, I mention that some cultures place a value on waking before mid-afternoon. He responds with a grunt and falls back to sleep, completely unable to later remember having had any sort of conversation with me.

Finally, I give up and go back to reading my book, waiting for the sun to set and my vampire boyfriend to start moving. Around 2 PM, I’ll accidentally drop something in the living room. Today it was a jelly bean (a very sad waste, but there’s no 5-second rule in Beijing), last weekend it was a safety pin.

At the moment it hits the floor, Stick snaps awake and shouts “Baby! Are you alright? What was that?”

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0 Responses to Selective Hearing

  1. Katie Rabbit says:

    You know something is truly hysterically funny when, as you are reading, you burst out into audible laughter…and someone from the next room asks, “What’s so funny?”

    Hehe. I love you two!

  2. Meg says:

    Thanks! We miss you! (I hope you were reading at work 😛 )

  3. Wabres says:

    hm… sounds like the shoe is on the other foot now, doesn’t it.


  4. Wabres says:

    hm… sounds like the shoe is on the other foot now, doesn’t it.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like my husband.

  6. Kevin says:

    May I suggest a crowing rooster?

  7. Meg says:

    I never *ever* wake up to tiny sounds from the other room. A girl needs her 10 hours!

  8. Anonymous says:

    More about Stick!

  9. Gabby Girl says:

    Haha. Sounds exactly what I went through for a year with Phil. He was a night owl, and I, well, wasn’t.

    And yeah, there is absolutely no 5 second rule in Beijing. They did a test once to see how many germs a single item picked up after falling on the ground for 5 seconds. I’m sure that test was done in the USA. I wonder if the germ count would be any higher in Beijing. That would be an interesting study.

  10. Meg says:

    It’s not like I’m hopping out of bed at the crack of dawn! I sleep until 10ish which might as well be torture for Stick!

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