I've recently come to the realization that a lot of my blog posts (especially as of lately) seem to revolve around bedtime. This may be because it's my favourite part of the day with my boys. Not because they're about to delve into sweet, sweet slumber and I no longer have to physically parent them for 12 hours (although...yes that is something I look forward to) but because it's when they say and do the cutest, funniest and most random things.
This is the scene from last night....
The room is dark and Riley is curled up at the foot of his bed, as my eldest so often requests now. I lay beside him in his darkened room when Finley meanders in to give me a kiss good-night after cuddles with John. My little one makes his way into his room, my husband follows to tuck him in for the night.
All is quiet for a few minutes.
I often wonder what goes through Adrian's head at night. He's not a chatty child. Perhaps he has deep thoughts, I think to myself.
And then I find out about those deep thoughts, "Mummy?"
"Why is Green Lantern bald? Not in the movie but in the books?"
My thoughts: Green Lantern is bald? He's black in the books. Is he bald and black? (I try to conjure up the image of the character from his Justice League books) Is it even PC anymore to call a black person black? I'm white though...I'm not offended if someone calls me white. Wait a minute...what was the question again? Oh yeah - Green Lantern...why is he bald. But isn't Ryan Reynolds the Green Lantern in the movie? He's white. But...why doesn't a black actor play the Green Lantern? Wait a minute...aren't there like a lot of different Green Lanterns? Why are there so many? How do I even know this??!!!
And then I answered him..."I'm not sure sweets. Maybe he shaves his head."
Now that is some seriously profound conversation right there.
It's like he reads my mind. "And why is his skin different in the books?" He holds his hand up in the air like he stroking something, a face perhaps, that's not there. "It's like a brown colour."
"You're right. I'm not sure why. I actually just wondered the same thing. I think there were few different Green Lanterns."
Amazing, the things you learn when you become a parent. Aside from not knowing anything about babies before I had one, I didn't know much about superheroes either. Now I'm like some sort of superhero expert or something.
"Maybe we can look it up on the computer in the morning." He states and I concur. He's four yet extremely observant. Google, he's noticed, is Mommy's 'other brain' when my actual real one doesn't have the answer.
Which, admittedly, is quite often.
It becomes quiet again. Until I hear the first strains of the Spider-Man theme song coming from my youngest's room.
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a witch any time...
no,no,no... (becomes a few octaves louder as Adrian squirms in the bed and groans in annoyance about his brother being too loud)
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a witch any time
Catches thieves just like flies."
Repeat this about 6 times with each verse becoming that much more louder substituting 'web' with 'witch' just to shake things up a bit. He's unpredictable like that. An outside of the box thinker.
It was reminiscent of when he first began babbling and would wake up in the middle night, not crying, but babbling loudly. My husband and I would wake up mostly amused by the adorableness of it and a tiny bit annoyed about our sleep being disrupted yet again. We were grateful that he wasn't crying of-course...but ohmygosh those babbles were LOUD.
Eventually it became quiet with the sound of just my son breathing deeply beside me.
The dog warm at my feet.
It was a good night.