Forgot to Flush and Getting Dark

Since we left camp Tuesday, I’ve been having a hard time remembering to flush. I know, that doesn’t seem like a weird thing, but to me it is. I rarely have to even think about it when I’m in the bathroom. I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out why I can’t remember to flush. Then it hit me – for almost 2 weeks, I used the outhouse and I didn’t have to flush! Ha. Makes total sense now. Have to retrain myself:).

Last night, Carter was super tired and fell asleep about 8:30. I laid him down in his room and went to bed. Midnight came around, the whole house was asleep, and I hear Carter in his room boohoo crying. I came running and he had elephant tears pouring down his face. He had woken up, got out of bed, and was walking around his room, seemingly lost. I tried turning the light back off and crawling into bed with him but nothing seemed to help. I carried him into our room, put him to bed with us, and he was still boohooing. I got him some water, found his stuffed monkey, got his pacifier, but nothing seemed to help. Finally I got up and turned on the bathroom light so I could see him a little better. The light being on calmed him down. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks – he hasn’t seen darkness in 2 weeks! The dark was freaking him out! I left the light on and he slept till 9:15 this morning.  I never would have thought the light and dark difference would have effected him like that!  Crazy how a little change effects us.


2 thoughts on “Forgot to Flush and Getting Dark

  1. How easily humans can be trained to respond to one thing or another. How easily and marvelous it is for us to be REtrained to be back home. Glad you figured out the “light” thing with Carter. That’s just too funny.


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