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It is night-time.

The kids have just gone up to brush teeth and get their story before going to sleep. I begin to walk up the stairs.

Picture by Carolina JG

The hall light has not been turned on or it has been turned off. All is quiet as I make my plodding way up the stairs. My foot steps are a little heavy to let them know I am coming.

That is when I hear it, the pitter-patter and giggles of little ones getting into place. They know I am coming. I know they know I am coming. And I know what to expect next.

BOO!!!  BOO!!!

I do a little yell, enough surprise laid in so they think I was really scared. It is something we stopped doing during the summer when I would half-carry tired bodies into bed. Then, all they wanted to do was sleep.

But now, now, they are protesting those few minutes before sleep. Now they are trying to make bed time a little more fun before the eyes fall shut.

In the last two weeks we had adjusted bedtime for the start of school. They go to bed at the right time to get enough sleep so there will be no sleepy eyes at school.

For most of the summer, bedtime was ten because at nine it was still light out and there was an excuse not to sleep. Light meant you could still play a little more.

As summer winds down, it is getting darker sooner. Long lazy days are coming to an end. By nine, the sun has gone down and let the dark skies take over. It is ok, now, to go to bed at nine. Eyes begin to shut not with the second bedtime story but the first.

Winter habits are creeping back. Winter tastes and winter clothes will sneak their way out of the pantries and closets. Hot chocolate and warm cookies will replace Popsicles. Graham crackers will get soaked with the sweet hot drink instead of kool-aid.

Every night, I will walk up the stairs, footsteps heavier than they need to be. And when I round the corner, I will hear giggles and pitter-patter of steps as they get into place. That is when I prepare myself to be a little scared because these moments will not last forever.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you considerer it another day or one that you can share with a variety of family members and friends?

 With it being on a Sunday, it means you can take Friday, Saturday or Sunday to have a special meal and time with your sweetie. Maybe you plan to have a special day with the kids, making cookies or a craft.

 I have no idea what I will be doing for Valentine’s Day beyond having the church choir sing a special song for that day to God. After that, all bets are off. I have a feeling I may need to get red decorating sugar so we can make heart cookies at my house.

 What I usually like to do is pick out a special movie to watch together with my husband. It might be Bull Durham or When Harry Met Sally…  Those are classics for our generation. I assume some people will be trying to get An Affair to Remember or Casablanca because those are also classic movies on the subject of love. I might even go as far as to find an old Bette Davis movie so that my son can finally see what a great actress can do in a movie.

I was shocked when I said first said her name a few weeks ago and my oldest son did not know who she was. I told him we need a Bette Davis film fest and the first choice might be Dark Victory (1939) in which Davis plays a socialite who learns she has a brain tumor and there is nothing the doctors can do for her. How she chooses to live the end of her days is the victory here and Davis gives it her all. Bring the tissue box for a performance that was the fourth of Davis’ eleven Oscar™ nominations.

 Davis had a long career starting in the 1930s and lasting until she died in 1989. My son only recognized her when he looked up her career on IMDb.com and saw Watcher In The Woods (1980) on her list of credits. Don’t stop there. Take the time to find some of her greatest performances including All About Eve (1950), The Little Foxes (1941) and Jezebel (1938).

 These movies, while having nothing objectionable, content wise are better suited for older teens. Davis stated that all she ever wanted was for movies to be larger than life. Her goal was to portray life on the screen with a bit of an “umph.”

 Meryl Streep may be one of the best living actresses but Bette Davis was one of the best ever.

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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