Last night, I had a rather interesting conversation with my eleven-year-old daughter. "Mom," said. "Did you know that boys and girls fall asleep differently?"
That piqued my interest. "How so?"
"Boys just lay down and fall asleep. Girls do all kinds of other things."
"Like what?" I asked.
"Well, first of all, when they hear a creak sound, they have to look under their bed to see if any monsters are under there."
I laughed. "Okay, so what do you do if you find a monster?"
"Mom, monsters aren't real."
"Then why do you look?"
"It's just what girls do."
"Is there anything else girls do that you want to tell me about?" I asked.
"Girls have to fix their hair, and make sure their stuffed animals are all in place. And then they have to make sure their iPods are okay, and then if they hear another noise, they have to go to the window to make sure it's not a burglar."
"A burglar?" I asked.
"Yeah. You never know when a burglar might show up. And girls stay at the window for a half hour, just to make sure it's not one of those."
"And then you fall asleep?" I asked.
"Yep - but only after I read a boring book. Isn't that what you do, Mom?"
"Um, no. I just lay down and fall asleep."
"Mom, you're weird!"