Do You Come From a Land Down Under?

It might be their “First Rodeo” but it sure isn’t their mum’s…

My hubby was on a business trip earlier this week when he called me from his hotel room to check in. I asked him why he sounded so groggy…

“After the World Series game, right as I was drifting off to sleep when my phone rang -our oldest son was just calling to shoot the breeze.”

Our college Freshman thought nothing of casually phoning his Dad around midnight, as there were pressing matters to discuss. Top of the agenda was a blow-by-blow recap of the World Series, followed by an overview of the next few Oklahoma City Thunder match-ups along with predictions about the upcoming LSU/Alabama game.

Throughout the conversation, Dad assumed his boy didn’t realize he woke him. But, just as they were about to hang up, our son quipped,

“Well, I’ll let you get back to sleep now!”

Ain't Nothing But a Teen Thang

I couldn’t help but sympathize with my husband yesterday morning, when I had trouble rousting myself after being “on-call” at 1 am for our 19-year-old daughter. When it comes to tapping into some highly-sought-after-much-needed-mom-advice, apparently any time is the right time!

This behavior isn’t limited to just the college set either. It’s standard for high schoolers too. We were sound asleep one night last week, when our 16 year old walked in our room with a few pointed questions about current events…

While we certainly respect his interest in this country’s political landscape, we couldn’t help but mutter to each other, as we struggled to fall back asleep, “Why wasn’t he confused earlier, like maybe around dinner time?”

Rest assured we dispense a lot more than sports/political analysis and free dating advice in the middle of the night. We also provide 24 hour banking. That’s right – we will service all of your banking needs at any hour. Cash advance? Balance inquiry? Money transfers? No problem. Text or call us anytime.

Need round-the-clock fashion consultations? Can’t decide which boots to wear with a particular outfit? Just text your mother a selfie. She’ll opine. No matter that it’s 10:45 and she can barely keep her eyes open past the 10 o’clock news; you know she wants you looking your best every minute of the day.

In the world of our teenagers and 20-somethings, AM and PM are entirely reversed. They may as well live in Australia. Like baby raccoons, their lives don’t even get interesting until around the time the rest of us are winding down for the day. Maybe God did that to help us share the planet more efficiently. I don’t know. But, they definitely operate in a different time zone.

I was asked recently to write an article about what it was like to be sleep-deprived during the challenging infant and toddler years. I had to laugh. The infant and toddler years? Is there some crazy notion out there that, at some point during parenting, you get to sleep all night? Not in my experience.

Earlier this morning, at the incredibly considerate grown-adult hour of 10 am, I called my son down in College Town to confirm some plans for later today.

“Hhhhhhello?????” came his hoarse, barely audible greeting.

“Hi honey!” I chirped in my chirpiest mom-voice, “Did I wake you?”

“Uhhhhh-huhhhhh,” he responded.

“Okay, well go back to sleep, but call me when you wake up!”

That was 3 hours ago. I’m still waiting…

But no worries Mate! This isn’t my first rodeo. If I get really bored waiting for my kids to call, I just log on to my banking app and move some money around in reverse. That’s always guaranteed to generate some texts and a phone call or two.


On a beautiful afternoon at the end of January this year, Leslie’s life was irrevocably changed when the Love of her Life, her husband of 33 years and father of their 5 children was killed in a motorcycle accident. Prior to that, Leslie’s blog had been a mostly comical chronicle of marriage with a large family of teens and millennials. Now she shares her daily experiences as she comes to terms with her profound sadness and shock, coupled with an effort to ever-capture even the lighter side of the most unimaginably painful challenges life can throw one’s way.
 She has been featured in Your Teen Magazine, and on websites such as Blunt Moms, Scary Mommy, BonBon Break, Lose The Cape, Today’s Parent, BlogHer, and Faithit.   She has been interviewed on NPR and is also proud to be liberally splashed about The Huffington Post in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Quebec and Germany. Visit Leslie’s website.   Leslie  is a contributor to Lose The Cape!: Ain’t Nothing But a Teen Thing, available June 26th.

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