And Then I Laughed Until I Cried

I was driving the boys home from camp last week when a very tired Manager fell asleep in the car. Usually this results in him slumping over against the seatbelt but for some reason on this trip he stayed upright. His head kept nodding forward, then he’d rouse slightly and yank his head up again. I felt sorry for the little guy, but smiled a bit at him nodding up and down as we drove along.

Apparently this was the first time Captain Earthquake had ever seen this phenomenon. He found the whole thing terribly fascinating; I could see him staring at his twin when I looked in the rear-view mirror. His staring became even more intent. With round eyes and a slightly open mouth he watched his brother sleep. At one point, his face was about 6 inches from the Manager’s. The better to get a closer look, you know.

It was difficult not to laugh, and I was afraid he’d catch me smiling in the mirror so I only stole quick glances and had to cover my mouth with my hand to stop smiling in too obvious a fashion. This went on for several minutes.

I guess it was the combination of being tired himself, the sound of the van, and the hypnotic rhythm of The Manager’s nodding, but somehow the Captain got sucked in. I peeked in the mirror and caught his eyes rolling back as he started to nod off himself. That was when I lost it and laughed out loud.

Okay…maybe that wasn’t completely funny in print. Guess you had to be there. Oh well. At least the memory is recorded and I can embarrass the Captain by acting out the whole thing when he starts dating.

Have a great day, friends!

Earnest Parenting: help for parents of hilarious children.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • UPrinting July 23, 2009, 1:14 am

    Oh but it still seems funny when I read it 🙂 I’m sure not as funny though as you’ve experienced it. These moments, the little unplanned moments like these, these are the ones that we really treasure and remember. Hope you have a great day as well!

  • Citations July 23, 2009, 1:18 pm

    Excellent article, thank you

  • Neo July 24, 2009, 6:11 am

    children often do some funny activities or gestures which we adult will find funny.nice post about some of the snippets of your life.


  • Baby Carriers July 24, 2009, 5:03 pm

    That’s so cute. We parents need to collect up as many of those funny little moments as we can… if not for our own amusement, then to embarrass them as teenagers… Oh wait! That’s also for our own amusement! Tee hee! All in good fun!
    Thanks for sharing,

  • Vicky Hennegan July 27, 2009, 5:35 pm

    Those special little stolen moments are what keeps a mom going. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amy July 31, 2009, 10:12 am

    Oh good, I’m glad you were all able to see the funny in this one. I was concerned it was one of those “you had to be there” moments. And oh my, if you’d have been there! The Captain has big brownish eyes with amazingly long lashes and that sweet face staring open-mouthed at his snoozing brother was more than I could take!

  • sisteme supraveghere video August 4, 2009, 5:32 am

    Yes, such moments we stay brand. I laugh every time I remember you aducu. is funny