The Call Essay by John Draper – 2012
THE CALL: Not a phone call but a calling of little voices saying “Daddy, we’re awake! Get us out of bed!”
ACTION: Get out of bed and start my day earlier than I wanted to. My son and daughter are both awake ready to start their day at the crack of dawn.
THOUGHTS: I don’t want to be awake right now, oh well. It is what it is.
WHAT MY KIDS SAY: Daddy we’re hungry. Daddy we want a sippy. Daddy where’s Momma?
WHAT I SAY: Okay. Okay. She’s at work. What do we want for breakfast? Waffles? Okay, sounds good.
THE CALL: A real phone call not a wake up, Daddy your children are awake call. It’s the creditors asking me for the ninety-seventh time this week if I was aware that I am behind in payments.
ACTION: To yell loudly at them about bothering me after I have made it a point to tell them I am indeed aware of being behind and that I’m working on getting them the money, so don’t call again.
AFTER THE WIFE GETS HOME: We have dinner, meat loaf with mashed potatoes and the vegetable of choice, today it just so happens to be green beans.
WHAT I TELL THE WIFE: Dinner was good; I’ll do the dishes Sweetie.
WHAT THE WIFE DOES: Gets the hell out of the kitchen as fast as possible. I assume she is running away as fast as she can before she thinks I change my mind.
ACTION: It’s 9PM, bedtime for the kids! We put them to bed and talk about our days. Hers was good mine was, well it was mine.
WHAT THE CLOCK SAYS TO ME: John go to bed! You have classes in the morning and you need to get your beauty sleep.
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT THE CLOCK HAS JUST TOLD ME: I do need to go to bed but I don’t think going to bed will make me anymore or any less beautiful.