Monday night at dinner, we heard there would be a Lunar Eclipse happening between 3:51am and 4:52am Chicago time Tuesday morning. The next thing I heard was "Mom, what's a Lunar Eclipse?"
I swallowed my bite of sloppy joe and tried to fake it, "Well, it's when the sun and moon..." and trailed off because I saw Hubby shaking his head in my peripheral vision. Instead, I stopped and said, "You know what, honey? That's a science question, ask Daddy."
Hubby, of course, gladly expounded on what a Lunar Eclipse was. The kids were suitably impressed. "Yeah, too bad we'll all be asleep when it happens." I interjected. The result was an immediate "Awww...." The next thing I heard was, "I could wake you up if you want to see it."
"What?", I thought. "Wake up the kids? In the middle of the night? What are you NUTS? Let them SLEEP, for cryin out loud!" I'm sure I communicated that sentiment with my look, too.
"Yeah, Dad, do it!", said Punkin. "I want to see the Lunar Eclipse."
Not much else was said about it, and frankly, I'd forgotten about it by the time the kids were in bed.
Hubby and I went to sleep at our normal time, and I heard the alarm go off at the normal time. I remember Hubby getting out of bed, looking out the window and saying "Oh, it's cloudy." Thinking that we wouldn't be able to see the Lunar Eclipse, I fell back asleep (ok, yeah, it was more of a "Huh? Wha? 'K... 'night... Zzz" kind of a discussion for me) The next thing I knew, Hubby was asking if I was going to sleep the day away (my answer is always "yes") and I was getting out of bed to say goodbye to him before he left for work. The kids were all sleeping still, and I was able to finish nearly all of my morning routine without interruption.
As I was putting on my makeup, Punkin came into our bathroom. "Mom, that Lunar Eclipse was cool. Why didn't you come see it?"
"Huh? You saw it?"
"Yeah, Dad woke us up to see it just like he said he would."
"Wow. I must have been sleeping. I don't even remember that."
I didn't hear him wake the girls (he knew enough not to try to wake Buddy), I didn't hear them all in the livingroom talking about the Lunar Eclipse, and I didn't realize the girls had gone right back to sleep afterwards. I slept through the whole thing.
This may be/sound kinda goofy (no! not from me!) but I can't tell you how much that simple gesture of following through on his promise to the girls touched me. It's a no-brainer, really. He could have left them sleeping. He could have forgotten all about his promise... but he didn't.
That's just one of the many, many reasons why I love my Hubby.