During April 2018 I will be blogging about my memories as MOM OF 6 from A to Z . These challenge posts will also be found at Random Thoughts and Tender Mercies http://marcysrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/
Friday, April 20, 2018
Rise and Shine It's Radio Time
When Mom comes home for the first time with a new baby, she has no need for an alarm clock. Newborn babies come with their own built in alarm clocks, and they quickly let Mom know when it is time for a feeding or diaper change or comfort. By the time baby number six comes along, Mom definitely needs an alarm clock, especially if the older children are on school schedules of any sort.
My own mother woke her own six kids up by calling up from the bottom of the stairs each morning when it was time to get up and get ready for school "Rise and Shine it's morning time. Time to get up!" She would then whistle several times to make sure we all heard, and then go to the kitchen where she was preparing our cracked wheat or Germaid brand creamed wheat cereal and eggs. She would turn on the radio and we would listen to the morning news report as we ate our breakfast and gathered our things to catch the school bus which arrived in front of our house at 8:00 am sharp every school morning.
When DS1 started 1st grade (I think he was in afternoon kindergarten) we had four children, including a baby, and this Mom definitely needed an alarm clock. We woke to the local radio news station for most of the years that our children were in school. When the oldest children were first in elementary school, they rode the school bus each morning, but after we moved, I usually drove the kids to school each morning. At one point we had six children attending four different schools, and I have spent many, many hours driving children to school over the years. My radio preference during those morning drives was the same local news and talk station that we woke up to every morning, but as the kids grew older, they often tuned the radio to their favorite music stations instead.
Eventually I found that I no longer enjoyed listening to the news every morning, and by the time DD4 was in college, my morning commutes were much much shorter, and my radio station was now tuned to the local classical music station. My alarm switched from the clock radio to my phone, and my long drives were now to take DD4 on the two hour drive to college and back for holidays, and the weekly one hour drive to visit my aging parents.
Today DD4 has now finished her college degree and is back in the city living not too far away. Both parents have now finished their mortal journey and are enjoying each other's company and new challenges in the next world, so my long drives and radio time are much less frequent . . . just the very few minutes it takes me to drive to work and run errands. I still keep the radio tuned to the classical station as I find it feeds my soul.
Do you wake to an alarm? To music? What do you listen to in the car? At home? At work?