I was reminded of this saying last night when one of our smoke detectors starting beeping… every 45 seconds… every 45 seconds… every 45 seconds…
… until I dragged my big tired behind out of bed and pulled the battery out. The official time was 3:53 a.m.
I tried to wait it out until someone else got up and fixed it, but no one seemed concerned that the house might be on fire (my reaction was the same when I heard the baby cry… ride it out and act like you’re asleep).
Did I mention that I had to get dressed, go out into the cold garage, and bring in a 10 foot step ladder?
By the end of this little construction project, I was wide awake.
What a lovely way to start my Sunday. What happened to the days when I could sleep in? What happened to the days when I didn’t own a smoke detector?
Another question: Why do smoke alarms only need new batteries in the middle of the night? They never seem to go bad in the afternoon.
This annoying, slightly exhausting experience reminded me of what my dad used to say when I was a teenager.
“Nothing good happens after midnight.”
In this case and in every other.
Seldom has anything productive or positive happened after the hands on the clock say 12:00 a.m. (or if you are younger than 25… when the digital clock on your cell phone reads 12:00 am).
I believe more parents should keep this in mind. Especially, as their kids grow older and demand more freedom. The first thing young people ask for are longer hours to be with their friends (and a Wii, cell phone, mp3 players, a car, and everything else expensive and electronic).
Too often, teenagers (and sadly, even younger kids) find themselves in complicated situations that seem to always happen in the middle of the night.
Usually these events occur well after they should be home. And compounding the problem, these kids are generally completely unsupervised by clear thinking adults.
You rarely pick up a newspaper and read that a young person (or worse, a group) has gotten themselves into trouble between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (or read about it online, as it is 2008)
These things always happen way later than what should be considered a reasonable hour for a child to be out.
And often it is after midnight.
So the next time a curfew is set, I hope someone remembers the advice that I got and didn’t want.
Nothing good happens after midnight.
Actually, that isn’t true. One good thing can happen.
The teenager can grow up and have their own smoke alarms to worry about.