normal family (except for weird devil dog picture)
493 divided by 23.3
uh oh… Mom’s mad! (notice that Andy is instinctively pointing at Caitlin…)
now we’ve done it! we woke up Dad! here he comes!!
Funny true story about waking up our dad in the middle of the night.
Caitlin and I were up late one night, playing around on instant messenger with her friends. No good can come from us being up after midnight: it’s a fact.
Well, anyway, somehow my parents went to bed without realizing that we were still up and playing on the computer at 2 a.m.
Eventually our giggling woke up our dad 2 floors over us. We heard his feet hit the ground next to his bed and we KNEW we were in trouble. I tried to quickly shut down the computer and turn out the lights while Caitlin brilliantly started pacing in circles and then locked herself in the furnace room, still walking in circles and laughing the laugh of a girl in trouble.
Now, my dad is hilarious when he is mad. It’s not funny at the time – it’s usually pretty intimidating – but man, in retrospect, it’s pretty funny. When Dad is awakened from his slumber (which is often because he is a light sleeper), he squints with one eye and scratches his butt. I don’t know why he scratches his butt and I’m not sure what is accomplished with this maneuver, but that’s just what he does.
So when we heard Dad coming down the stairs, we knew he’d be squinting and scratching and generally not pleased with the two of us. I barely got the computer turned off before Dad made it all the way from his room to the basement.
“What is going on down here? What are you doing up?” asked Dad. And when I say “asked”, I mean “growled”. Also, I am significantly editing the colorful language dad used when asking these questions.
“We were on the computer….” I replied lamely, racing to the stairs, following Caitlin up the stairs (somehow she made it out of the furnace room and to the stairs before I did).
“Uh uh uh uh uh… uh… uh…” replied Caitlin.
“Get to bed. Gettobed! Get. To. Bed! NOW! What is wrong with you people??”
I guessed correctly that the last question was rhetorical in nature and wisely declined to respond.
“Ok ok ok ok!” I was panting as I was racing up the stairs behind Caitlin. Dad posed no physical threat, but the faster we got to bed, the sooner the squinting and scratching would cease.
Caitlin was up those stairs so fast that she was already cowering under her covers before I got up there.
Lesson? For pete’s sake – don’t wake up Dad!!