While on the way to school today, Gooly's eyelids were very heavy for unknown reasons. He asked permission to 'rest for a while'. Based on past experience his 'rest for a while' will end with crankiness and unwillingness to get down the car to school.
So I was in a quandary.
But I relented when I saw that even the toothpick- in -the -eyelids trick cannot work. He dozed off in seconds, leaving me to decide to make a u-turn home or to drive straight to school, wake him when we are there or just let him sleep in the car under the tree (until the school bell rings - FONG HOCK LURR..!)
Right at the traffic light, hearing his soft snore, I chose the last option - camping in the car. And as though hearing and objecting my decision, he jolted up right there and then.
I smiled at him. He smiled back and oddly made a square shape using his thumbs and forefingers.
I asked if he dreamed of squares a while ago. He said no.. he was dreaming about his god-brother, in which they were deciding where to have a holiday.
"That's a nice dream," I said, stopping in front of the school.
He kissed me good bye and clambered down. His hair was very messy, his steps groggy. I suspect a stain of saliva was on his collar.
It may be a small feat for other kids but I was immensely proud of his attitude. Waking up NOT in a cranky state is a major thing for me.
(Yeah, I really cannot stand whiny kids. I don't care you are hungry, angry, sleepy, sick, hot or cold, don't whine in front of me.)
He turned around to give me a wave..and I vrrroooom-ed off to a few hours of solitude with the thought of, "There isn't a day that you don't make me proud of you, Gooly.."