Sleep Over Season
Sleeping bag zippers. Late night ghost stories. The microwave popping yet another bag of corn.
It can only mean one thing, parents.
It may not be the busiest time of year, but it certainly can be the most crowded. School has been out for a little over a month now and we’ve had so many overnight guests we rival a Motel 6 on I-75. Behind my son’s bedroom door next to his Taylor Swift poster is a sign with standard occupancy rates.
It is amazing how sleepovers have become such a rite of passage in childhood. At 13, our oldest son is an expert in the field, often adding the double-black diamond obstacles of multiple friends and attempting back-to-back nights. With a single text his guest list grows like a wedding reception, and the negotiations he conducts with friend combinations and movie selections are truly U.N. material.
I remember my childhood sleepovers as similar nights o’ fun. What was reserved for an occasional weekend during the school year became extended stay vacations throughout the summer. My friends and I would listen to the latest cassette on our boom boxes and if the parents fell asleep early we’d manage to watch some saucy late-night British programming on the local UHF station.
And so I try to keep in mind as I trip over sleeping bag mummies and choose Movies on Demand sans saucy British humor (after all, not every experience has to be replicated exactly), that sleepovers are a magical time for children. And as a mother, I end up preparing for them in much the same way as I do the holiday season: make up a lot of extra beds for overnight guests and stock up on plenty of fun food and drink.
And like Christmas Eve, then spend a sleepless night listening to kids giggle in the next room and hope there’s not too much to put back together in the morning.
-- Tracey Henry, Suburban Diva