This is Sam.
He loves to read magical stories.
He loves to play boardgames.
He loves to watch cartoon shows on television.
And he loves to do it all with his mom.
But there’s a problem.
Sam’s mom is always sleepy.
When he wakes up in the morning, she is no mood to watch the squirrels play in the patio or the birds twitter happily. Sam counts her yawns. 20, sometimes 25 times in an hour! Who does that!!
When she is back from work, she enters yawning. Again, not in a mood to play a game of chess or Scotland Yard with him. She is irritated and shouts at Sam.
“Sam, for God’s sake! Just look at your room. There’s no place to sit. Everything is so messed up. You are 7! Old enough to clean your room.”
She cleans the room herself as she shouts at him and yawns. Cleaning, shouting and yawning all together. Then she cooks a quick meal and asks Sam to finish it fast.
“Mom shall we watch television while having our dinner?” asks Sam hopefully.
Mom shoots one angry look at Sam and he knows her answer.
“Finish your meal and go to bed”, said mom.
At night, Sam wants to listen to a story.
“Mom pleaaaaseee,” says Sam.
“Okay. But just one story,” mom agrees. Sam is overjoyed.
“Once upon a time, there was a king and a queen. They had a beautiful daughter. One day, an ugly ogre took the princess and started eating his salad. Suddenly… the clock struck 12 and beauty gobbled up grandma. Then she ran leaving her glass shoe behind…..the donkey and the cat started to race … zzzzzz…zzzzz….
Sam could not believe that!!
“Mom! Mom! Wake up! Urgggggh”, Sam was very upset. He swears he will never talk to his sleepyhead mom again.
Today, Sam is in a bad mood. He cannot focus on what’s going on in the class. Sam’s teacher notices that he is upset for some reason. She calls him in the staff room and asks what happened.
“My mom’s a sleepyhead. She’s sleepy in the morning. She’s sleepy in the evening. She doesn’t read or play with me. All she wants is to sleep. I will never talk to her again,” says Sam.
“Sam, you are a good boy. You should try to understand your mom’s problem before getting mad at her. Do you know how hard it is for her to do everything at the office, at home, for you and for the rest of the family?”
“Have you seen a mobile phone? What happens when you play your favorite mobile game, watch a funny video, read about dinosaurs and talk to your grandma without charging it?
“It just switches itself off?” says Sam with a shrug.
That’s because the phone’s battery has no power left for more work. It’s the same with humans. We all have our energy bundles. And if we don’t get enough rest, we’ll be tired always. It’s the same with your mother. Maybe she is overworked.”
Sam realizes that it’s true. Mom works at the office. She comes back home and there’s more work waiting for her.
“If you want to spend time with her, you need to make sure that she has enough energy left for you,” teacher smiled.
Sam understands. He is ashamed to have behaved like a child. How could he not see that mom is tired?
In the evening, when mom comes back home, she is so surprised to see the room spic and span. Sam has done his homework too.
“Mom, let me help you with the dishes. Together, we’ll finish everything fast,” says Sam with a smile so sweet that her mom’s stress vanished instantly.
Sam is now able to save his mom’s energy for better things like bedtime reading, board games, cooking etc.
And life is happy again.