|Our front door|
|One of many bedrooms|
Which isn't to say that emergencies did not happen. One night, the children were arguing over who would get to sleep with Mommy (typically, one child sleeps with one parent when we are traveling; it's annoying but at least we get some sleep). It was Jacob's turn (since we alternate) but Lucy really wanted Mommy. We thought about the compromise of both of them sleeping with Mommy, but that seemed really unfair. Plus Jacob didn't want Lucy sleeping in his bed. Perhaps he suspected it would be just the two of them while Mommy and Daddy slept in the other bed (which was something we might have been scheming).
So my wife took Lucy to the other bed and she started bawling. I came in to lay with her. She was uncomforted by my presence. After a while, I tried to get Lucy to take deep breaths to help stop the crying. Lucy finally came out with her big objections to being moved out of Jacob's bed: "My pillow isn't as soft and my blanket has no butterflies on it!"
|Prosecution Exhibit A: Unsoft, butterfly-less bed accessories|
It was the most irrational and random argument I ever heard in my life. Sure, the pillow cover on Jacob's bed was softer but the same pillows were inside. I don't think the blanket really did have butterflies on it. Even so, who could tell or care in the dark. Her argument made no sense at all.
|Defense Exhibit A: Soft but also butterfly-less bed|
We parents, of course, immediately consented to swap a pillow and the blankets. That quieted her down but then Jacob started complaining about his losses. He eventually settled down, about an hour and a half later. Lucy was quiet within minutes of achieving a new blanket and pillow. That's the way things go sometimes.
Peace returned the next day after eating a breakfast of local cereal and hanging out with the family.
|I think the cereal is targeted at American tourists, hence the English name|
|Relaxing with the |