Boy Twin’s Sleep Over

I think I know why I didn’t have sleep overs when I was a kid. My parents didn’t encourage them. I know why they didn’t encourage sleep overs. My parents and the parents of my friends somehow knew that no good could come of having children other that their own sleep at their house.

I don’t know why this generation of parents refuse to follow what worked for their parents. Come on- it worked for your parents; stop fixing what isn’t broke.

Boy Twin got invited to his first sleep over. First, I should probably admit, Elaine and I have wondered why Boy Twin had not been invited to any sleep overs this year. Girl Twin has an invite to spend the weekend at some other girl’s house every Friday, without exception.

Boy Twin sums up his lack of lack of invitations as “boys don’t spend the night at each other houses”. We asked him if he wanted to have a friend spend the night, but he always replies, “No I don’t want to clean my room.” God, I love that kid. Not the messy room part, just the no sleep over part! OK, I love him for more reasons that just no sleep overs, but after this weekend I can’t remember what they are.

Against our better judgement, Elaine and I allowed Boy Twin to spend the night at a friends house. I would like to blame Elaine, but she discussed it with me before SHE said yes. After almost 38 years of marriage Elaine knows to have an out when things turn bad. It makes for short arguments.

The boy that invited Boy Twin to spend the night is a great kid, with good parents. I had previously met the family through youth baseball. I/we saw no downside in a sleep over.

Actually, I think the sleep over went well. I picked up Boy Twin the next afternoon. He was happy and talkative. About five minutes into the drive, I noticed he wasn’t as chatty and his eyes were closing.