Several years ago, I returned home from a trip just when a storm
hit, with crashing thunder and severe lightning.
As I came into my bedroom about 2 a.m., I found my two children
in bed with my wife, Karey, apparently scared by the loud storm.
I resigned myself to sleep in the guest bedroom that night.
The next day, I talked to the children and explained that it was
O.K. to sleep with Mom when the storm was bad, but when I was
expected home, please don’t sleep with Mom that night.
They said OK.
After my next trip several weeks later, Karey and the children
picked me up in the terminal at the appointed time.
Since the plane was late, everyone had come into the terminal to
wait for my plane’s arrival, along with hundreds of other folks
waiting for their arriving passengers.
As I entered the waiting area, my son saw me, and came running
“Hi, Dad! I’ve got some good news!”
As I waved back, I said loudly, “What’s the good news?”
“Nobody slept with Mommy while you were away this time!”
The airport became very quiet, as everyone in the waiting area
looked at Alex, then turned to me, and then searched the rest of
the area to see if they could figure out exactly who his Mom