Bedtime? Why?

“What time is it?”

“Bedtime.”

“What time is that?”

“Time to go to bed.”

“It’s not dark.”

“That’s beside the point. You go to bed when I tell you.”

“Why?”

“I’m your mother. That’s enough back talk.”

“What’s back talk?”

“When I say jump you jump. Now I say ‘Go to bed’ and you go to bed. Go.”

She made no sense.

I lay in my bed awhile seething at her autocracy and her unwillingness to explain anything. Then I went to sleep.

Sometimes, writing these one-word prompts. I find myself instantly associating a word with childhood. That’s an interesting phenomenon. Bedtime? Only an important issue to me as a child attempting to make sense of what came out of my mother’s mouth.

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10 thoughts on “Bedtime? Why?

  1. She must have done something right if your vocabulary includes the word ‘autocracy’. That’s what my grandma would have called a ten-cent word.

  2. I find these one word prompts quite good. sometimes I don’t have any attachment to the work, but when I begin to write it just arrives. There are a lot of memories there. I don’t even remember my mum saying it’s bed time, but she probably did. In any case I went with no problem, I think it was a matter of routine.

  3. My mother explained EVERYTHING. Even if I didn’t need an explanation. She explained how being a growing child, I needed more sleep than I would need after I was grown and since I had to get up early, I also had to go to bed early. She explained the important of vegetables, wheat germ, fiber and good tooth brushing. When I asked about sex, she gave me half a library of books.

    • Wow. My dad explained things, but not my mom. When she thought I needed to learn about sex, she gave me a pamphlet from the life insurance company. My dad, however, moved certain books lower on the shelves, such as Tropic of Cancer, Moll Flanders and The Carpetbaggers. 😀

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