A surprise reversal of our nightly ritual

“Put on your pajamas, brush your teeth, pick your favorite stuffed animal, and get ready for bed,” Harper said.

I played along, though I needed to work on a story. I found some pajamas and honey bear, who recently escaped the box he has been hiding in for years.

“You guys have been so stressed out about work. We’re tucking you in tonight.”

Elliott and Harper argued a bit about who would put lavender oil on whose feet, but they worked it out that Elliott would give me a foot massage, while Harper massaged Tyler’s feet.

They arranged the covers and tucked us in. Harper was holding Percy the dream peacock. “Time for a puppet show,” she said. To get in the spirit of things, Elliott put on the penguin. (The penguin’s name is now Snowcone.) #thatssopenguin

They took turns telling stories, imitating Tyler’s Percy voice. Harper went downstairs to get Tyler a drink of water, and Elliott told a story of a golden egg and a sunset wish.

In a lavender sleepy haze, I decided to give in and relax and put off work writing until tomorrow.