My Teenage son is in his Bedroom Sleeping.

Precious Child
Precious Child

Finally He's Here

His birth was so exciting, the first thing his mother wanted was a coca-cola. That was the first thing she said after he arrived. Then she wanted sleep!

The whole ordeal made me look much older.

Then we took him home bundled in his new blankey and about $400 dollars worth of designer baby clothes that would never be worn much at all. I think they brought about $4 dollars at a yard sale.

Can't Keep my Eyes Open
Can't Keep my Eyes Open

No Sleep No Sleep

I thought he would never sleep through the night. We rocked, bounced and used up about 1,000 gallons of gas putting the little tyke to sleep. (He liked to go for rides in the middle of the night)  I had repetitive motion injury due to rocking him back and forth with my foot. Couldn't walk for a week.

And then he slept with one eye open. Watching and waiting for us to doze off. As soon as I fell asleep, he started in on his nocturnal journey of tormenting us with sleep deprivation. For two years, I went without a complete night of sleep.

That by the way is why I look so old. I have him to thank.

I lost my Brains

After two he was really fun for a few years. Then he reached the teens. The child evolved, and twisted free from his caccoon and what emerged was a whole new person. I was amazed at how much information he had. I suddenly knew nothing and he knew everything. What a transformation!

Can only think of SLEEP
Can only think of SLEEP

Where the heck is he? Sleeping?

Then one Saturday morning, I inquired as to his whereabouts. Oh, he's sleeping. Did I miss something here? He's what? Sleeping and it is almost noon. Should we check on him? Suddenly he cannot get up for school and weekends are for 14 hours of sleep, 2 hours of eating, and 8 hours of going to town.

Well I finally got my wish, he let me sleep through the night! I would like some help with the yard work though. I think I remember a father's day when he promised to work in the yard for a whole day. When does he plan to pay that debt?

Sleep Sleep Sleep

He slept and slept and slept. What the heck. Was he hibernating? I could not figure out why this bothered me so much. But looking back, I think I was resentful that he would steal my sleep all that time and then just blatantly sleep whenever he wanted.

This also made me look much older.

OMG What does it say?
OMG What does it say?

Ah Now for the Beauty Sleep!

Now I am semi-retired. That means that I am still working although I am willing to take much less pay. I look forward to summers and weekends because since I work for a school I can have some of that time to just stay in bed. I still wake up early, but I lay in bed and refuse to look at the clock because I do not want to know the time but from the darkness in the room, it must be 4 AM. Get up go to the bathroom. Check my email. And finally go back to bed. And then my phone rings.

It is him. “Hey Dad, I woke up early and thought I would give you a call. I wake up early now because I am used to getting up for work.” I think to myself, “Oh goody!” Well it is just too damn late to be getting up early. Look at me. I look old. Just when I am to get my beauty sleep I have to rise.

I love the boy, I am glad he calls me. I love it actually. It is worth looking old I guess.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Sounds like a better version of "Cat's In the Cradle". Remember that song. Your outcome is happier.

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

LOL breakfastpop, thanks for coming by. I do remember that song by Cat Stevens right? Anyway, I had fun writing this one...

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Steve - this was fun to read - probably because I could identify with it - four times over.

And don't worry about looking old. Your contemporaries probably don't see too well! :)

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

drbj You actually made me laugh out loud. You are right, my wife always asks, "Do I look ok?" I am able to say, you are still beautiful as the day I met you. Little does she know that I cannot see the fingers on my hand. Looks, my dear are only part of the story. Love conquers all of that. I am lucky.

Thanks for your humorous comment.....I'm really starting to like you.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Steve, tell me about it!! lol my son did the same thing, and now all he does is sleep! it must be a boy thing, mind you my son is older now, so he doesn't have that excuse anymore! cheers nell

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful story Steve - Your still as young as you feel inside. I'm sure deep down, you're a very proud Dad.

Best Wishes.

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kimh039 6 years ago

Amazing. You were able to make an ordinary, every day experience that everyone has interesting! I enjoyed the read. Thanks steveo.

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Tkumah 6 years ago

I enjoyed reading this hub.

Thank you for sharing what love is.

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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

My teenage girl has the same problem. She is either asleep or on her computer. I don't rember being able to sleep, I always had work to do. I hope you can get some sleep. Good luck!

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DonnaWallace 6 years ago from North Carolina

What a beautiful article. It is so true! When they were babies, they wouldn't sleep through the night, and when they're teens, they sleep all the time. I'll treasure every moment that they are still at home with me!

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

thank you BJBenson, always like your support.

And Thank you DonnaWallace, nice of you to visit and thanks for the comment. Yes, mine is gone, but not forgotten. I still talk to him every day and he is a pleasure.

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

I really like your reference to the cocoon - they emerge as new people with all the knowledge in the world. I guess they need extra sleep to handle that vast knowledge. Hehehe My daughter did the same but now she has to get up for either work or class so the last laugh is mine - or not. She calls home now from her cell when she's on the way. I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for the fun hub :)

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

You are lucky SilverGenes, that contact with the adult child is heavenly and to be cherished. BTW, I get one or two calls myself early in the morning when my son is on the way to work. LOL Thanks for your comments.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I knew it, Steve! You're a closet comic! This is delightful! I love all your articles - you are an excellent writer and you have all the necessary parts - heart, humour, bra, experience and the ability to laugh at life and at y'self. Great hub!! Hugs - (I'd appreciate it, though, if you'd tone down the attention-calling to - ahem - older - age and stuff.)

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Nellieanna Once again, thanks for the most excellent support. You're not so bad for an old gal. Oh sorry.

I have another article about ready to publish, My brother's outdoor adventure breaks my legs. You'll be delighted with the pain I was in. LOL

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Great Hub, SteveoMc. Enjoyed it and with two grown daughters, can definitely relate to it, LOL. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures with your bro. :)

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Denise Handlon thanks for your comments and for reading. Hope I can tell a lot more stories and keep them humorous. I appreciate you coming by.

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free4india 6 years ago

Now here... who is the teenager... you or your son :)

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

free4india I guess you figured me out, it is I. I am the teenager....LOL Thanks for the comment.

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ruthcpatton 6 years ago

This was a fun hub to read...we are learning about teenagers, my son 14 and my daughter is on her way at 12 and then the rest will follow. Thanks for the headsup! LOL!

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ss sneh 6 years ago from the Incredible India!

Hi! Nice story! I am glad that finally your son could sleep to his mind content! -- Thanks

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

ruthcpatton thanks for reading, with teenagers, comic relief may be the most important relief after all!

ss sneh Thanks for reading and for the comment. My son is now an adult....with his own crazy sleeping teen. LOL

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Challah1202 6 years ago from Chandler, TX

Loved it. I also someimes write about my children, but I find that I don't dwell on that aspect of my life too much. Good job!

Tina Ann 6 years ago

As mother of 3 teenage boys and 2 more upcoming, I so identify with this. It's amazing how tired they can be when they refuse to do a darn thing. My oldest son was in the Challenge Academy which is run by the military so he learned hard work and deserved sleep. But since getting out about 3 weeks ago, he takes advantage of sleeping again with no job and college doesn't start for more than a month. I hope re transitions back into real life well.

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surfgrommett 6 years ago

Personally I dont sleep very much. I usually go to bed around midnight or 1 am and I am up again at or brefor 5 am...7 days a week. I guess I should mention I'm 15 and have been sleeping like this for a long time (mainly because I have bad nightmares and sleeping less helps avoid them). Anyway I get up ate 5 and go for a run, usually 10 miles then come home and work out a bit then get showered. My boyfriend however haha he could sleep until he is 50 I think! I don't know but I think maybe it's hormones and body growth. It makes sense to me since it takes a LOT of ebergy for the body to make all the changes it's making at our age. Maybe thats why he sleeps so much. He CAN stay up all day and do stuff, but if he has nothing to do....a nap is in order! Just thought I'd share that.

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noorin 6 years ago from Canada

Quite ironic, i having been suffering from sever insomnia tontie, was browsing and ran into ur hub. I had a great laugh, forgot what is it that was bothering me in the first place, and is about to hit hay so good nite =)

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

noorin Hopefully everyone in America uses one of my hubs to go to sleep. LOL Thank you.

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noorin 6 years ago from Canada

Well, ur a lot more international than u think 4 i wasn't in America wen I read it ;-)

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

oh noorin, Let me amend that statement with my humblest apologies:

Hopefully everyone in the World uses one of my hubs to go to sleep. LOL Thank you.

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noorin 6 years ago from Canada

looool, well, guess what !!! I was extremely bored today and I used a couple of ur hubs to stay up =) Ur hubs r international double-edged swords Steve ;-)

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

LOL noorin, I can sell them both ways.... like snake oil. They can accomplish anything.

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dawnM 6 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

so cute, after my daughter was born I went fo a year with maybe two hours of sleep a night, I cannot even remember her first year i was so sleep deprived. Wow I guess when you have kids you can kiss your sleep good by, but I am getting 6 now so no complaints from

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

dawnM It is true huh? I have a photo of my wife and she is feeding our son. She looks like a completely different person. The bags are so large under her eyes she could carry groceries in them.

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cbris52 6 years ago

ohhh the sleepless nights when a newborn arrives.. great hub!

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Thanks cbris52, now that there are no children in the house, I can't sleep! LOL

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agsawan 5 years ago

Love this, funny and sweet.

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