Monday, January 9, 2012

Jumping on the Bed

Ayla (4), Audrey (7), and Nolan (4) – Avery (almost 4 months)
in on the couch under the pillow (I had to replace my hand
with the pillow so she wouldn't know I wasn't still with her).

Yesterday I watched three of my grandchildren and one of my great grandchildren so my daughter and granddaughter could work at my daughter's consignment shop for several hours.

When my granddaughter and her daughter moved in with me, we pulled a mattress (that I had forgotten I had) from the garage so she would have somewhere to sleep. While I was away last Thursday and Friday, watching three of my other grandchildren, Sarah moved the bed from my guest room into her new bedroom and put the mattress from the garage on the floor in the guest room.

Thinking this would be a great way for the kids to jump on the bed without falling off, I told them that an hour after they allowed their lunches to settle I would let them do something I had never let them do before. I could see the excitement in their eyes.

With deliberation and a gleam of "you guys are going to be so excited when you hear this" in my eyes, I said, "You know that mattress that's on the floor in the back room?"

I could see Audrey's eyes squint in a sneer as if what I was about to say was going to be the worst idea she'd ever heard, but Nolan (4) and Ayla (4) looked expectant.

"I am going to let you jump on the bed!" 

Expecting a Yay! or a Yahoo! or even a thank you, I got instead vacant looks. My look changed to curiosity until Audrey (7) said, "Yeah, we already tried that. It's not fun."

So I went back to the bedroom and jumped on the mattress. It was like jumping on cement. Now I know why Sarah switched mattresses and why I had put it in the garage in the first place.

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