Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Power to Ignore

Take a look at the picture above and try to guess what is going on. From the looks of it you might think that any one of the following situations is taking place to my daughter.

Bracing for an earthquake
Migraine headache and double earache
Trying to block out her siblings while they attempt to serenade her to sleep
Practicing the duck and cover maneuver in case of a nuclear attack

Any one of those choices would have been a pretty good guess but you would have still been wrong. Here’s the scenario in the picture.

Our house has enough bedrooms for each of our kids to have their own room which they enjoy but when it comes to bedtime they just can’t stand sleeping alone. Maybe that means that they actually like each other or I guess it could have something to do with the boogie man. The jury is still out on that one. They sleep in each others rooms so much my older daughter keeps a mattress under her bed so she can pull it out for her siblings. A couple of weeks ago my daughters spent the night together and as my older daughter has to get up a lot earlier than my younger one she set her alarm and turned it up really loud.

When the alarm when off my older daughter smacked it around until it quit making noise and headed off to take a shower. Little did she know that she had only hit the snooze button and that the blaring alarm would go off again in 8 minutes. After the 8 minutes of peace and quiet my younger daughter was startled awake by the alarm. At this point she had two options.

1. She could have reached up and turned the alarm off.
2. She could have just ignored the alarm and tried to sleep through it.

Being the youngest child in a family of 6 she did what came natural to her. She curled up in a ball, covered her ears, and ignored the alarm. She wasn’t able to go back to sleep because it was too loud but she did a pretty good job of ignoring it.

At the time, I was working downstairs and I could hear the alarm all the way down there. I thought for sure someone would turn it off but it went on and on. After several minutes of listening to the blaring alarm the picture above is what we saw.

It still makes me laugh that my youngest daughter could somehow ignore the alarm clock for all that time curled up in a ball. I guess being the youngest child gives you great powers of ignoring things that are bothering you.

She’s got some skills!!!!


331 Miles said...

Great photo! I have a 6 year old girl too, and hereby attest to the amazing skills of this age/gender combo.

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Jenny said...

She does have some skills. When she was a baby she could sleep through anything! Including an earthquake!

Denise said...

Hey,that's meeee! And yes I do have extreme ignoring powers.

LVP said...

That's my grandaughter! Wonderful no matter how or when you see her.

Anonymous said...

I love the footy pajamas!!!!