p.m.Laying on the bed.Daddy and Papa’s bed.TV’s on.Margot and Coco and Flynn watching.On the bed too.Bubble
Guppies.Sarah & Duck.Octonauts.I doze.
p.m.The show ends.I hear it.I wake up.“Time for bed.Time to brush your teeth.Let’s go.”
p.m.Singing bedtime songs.“you are my sunshine”“three little monkeys”“tickle spider”I lay down on each bed. Sing each one a
song.“Funny kiss!Funny hug!”Hugs and kisses goodnight.
p.m.I wake up.Laying on Coco’s bed.Under the Elsa and Anna blanket.My head on a big green dinosaur.Margot and Coco and Flynn sleeping.I hear them breathing.In the dark.I get up, gently, slip out of the room, quietly.Shutting the door.It clicks.
p.m.Dishes done.Lights off.I go to bed. My bed this
time.How long will I sleep before I’m
a.m.“Daddy?Daddy?”Margot calls from her bed.“Yes,
Margot?”“Daddy, will you lay in my
bed?”I lay down in her bed.I’m asleep again.
a.m.I wake up.With Margot.Under her blankets.My head on a
giant white bunny.I get up again, gently,
and go back to my bed, quietly.
a.m.“Daddy?Daddy?Me want to snuggle with you.”Flynn stands next to my bed.I
lift the covers, pat the bed.He climbs
a.m.My alarm rings.Margot and Flynn in bed.Sleeping next to me.When did Margot come in?I slide out of bed, creep out of the room.Down the stairs.They creak.I make coffee and toast.Turn on my
a.m.Footsteps above me.In the bedroom.I listen.From the top of the stairs, “Daddy?”Margot.Always Margot.I climb up the stairs and pick her up in the
dark.I whisper.“Hi Sweetie.It’s not morning time yet.You
need to go back to bed.”
a.m.Sitting on Coco’s bed.I gently shake her.“Coco, it’s time to get up.” The day starts.