BY: RACHEL SMITH
Does anyone else agree that it’s REALLY hard to get out of bed this time of the year? The darkness…the cold. It’s not easy to leave the comfortable cocoon of my nice, warm bed to face another day in the frozen tundra.
And as hard as is it for me to get myself up and moving, it’s about seventy bazillion times worse to wake up my kids. First off, Christmas break has not fully been shaken from our bones, leaving us with the sense that it’s okay to sleep until 9 o’clock or later. So when Mom attempts to lure their butts out of bed, it’s a feat of impossibility.
So yesterday, as I wrangled with trying to dress my nine-year old who was border line comatose, I looked up and noticed he’d brought the Echo Dot into his room. In an act of desperation I said, “Alexa, play wake up music.”
She replied, “Here’s a playlist of wake up music, classic rock, from Amazon Music.”
The first song it played?
“ob la di ob la da” by the Beatles.
Perfection. Not a soul on Earth could listen to that song and not dance!
Within seconds, my son’s shoulders started to shimmy. A smile crept onto his face and he began to move. Up, dressed and even smiling!! So we had a little dance party in his bedroom. He’s been obsessed with “my music” lately, asking me to play songs from the Eighty’s. But this song is a classic, one where it’s pretty much a crime not to sing along. Needless to say, he was beyond impressed that Alexa played a random song and I knew all the words.
“You just know everything, Mom,” he said to me.
At that point in my life, I felt like I had totally excelled as a parent. For real. Thus, I decided every morning until we get out of this funk some people call ‘winter’ we’d start the day with an upbeat song.
On day two – Alexa played "Africa" by Toto.
Getting up in the winter just became leaps and bounds easier for everyone in this house. I highly recommend it. Anything to help us through the negative temperatures and over-abundance of darkness, right?
Rock on, friends! Be sure to let me know if you have any song suggestions for us!