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Insomnia Is Brought On By Teenagers


(Hear the sound of a mother suddenly bolted from a deep, slumbering sleep in the middle of the night)

“Ye-yes Br i a n?”

“Mom, they said on the news Michael Phelps smoked pot.”

“I wouldn’t believe everything you hear son.” (Said through squinted eyes as I turn on a light)

“Mom, no they have a photo.”

“Good lord Brian it’s 10:00 why are you up?  And why are we talking about this now?”

“Because I want to watch him in the Olympics in four years.”

“Sigh.  Son he’s just a kid not much older than you with a lot of pressure.  We all do crazy things sometimes … like waking your mother up to discuss something we can talk about in the morning!”

“But will they take away all those medals?”

“No son.  He just struggles with ADD and probably a really active brain looking for new experiences.  We can talk about it in greater detail when I am awake.  But you should know that I still like him and it’s OK to still like him.  I like Babe Ruth and you should hear the stories about him. ”

“OK, good, but why would a friend take his picture about that and give it to the news?”

“Ah, now that’s the part of the story I’d really like to discuss IN DAYLIGHT. Can we go to sleep now?”

“I guess.  But since you’re awake, can I have some cereal and milk?”

Until next time-



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About Catherine, the redhead mom blogger

Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

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5 Responses to Insomnia Is Brought On By Teenagers

  1. BobG February 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    It could have been worse; he could have woken you up to ask about condoms. Of course, then you would have been unable to go back to sleep.

  2. delmer February 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    I wasn’t aware a buddy had taken the photo and shared it with the news. That’s a story I’d like to know more about as well.

  3. Three Bay B Chicks February 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    The Michael Phelps photo is pretty jarring. I can understand why Brian would be alarmed, but funny that he would wake you up to talk to you about it.

    Admittedly, I totally did a double take when I saw the photos on-line. In the end, it is like you said. He’s just a guy having some fun after years and years of hard work and dedication. We should probably cut him some slack.


  4. Catherine February 4, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Well we’re hearing it from a 13 year old who talks in half sentences. That whole conversation took about 29 minutes with all the sighing and mumbling. I think they call it teenage boy talk … I’m not sure. I still haven’t had a chance to read much about it. Not sure I really think of it as “news” compared to the rest of the world, but then I do have a teenager… who likes swimming.

  5. The English Courtesan March 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Oooh Lovely Catherine – I do like a good Brian story! They always make me laugh but I found this very touching too. I think it was the sudden awareness of how fiercely Brian believes in his heroes and his friends, just like he believes in his Mom. There’s something very life-affirming about that. This tells me as much about your parenting as it does about the person Brian will grow up to be. I am speechless with admiration at both…

    Livvy xxx

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