Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Time Together

Our heater broke Saturday night.  I may or may not have had anything to do with it.  Well, technically, it was my fault, but the technician says I didn't cross any wires.  The thermostat I was installing was of "poor quality."  *sigh*  The entire unit needs to be replaced, which is neither the thermostat's fault, nor mine.  Actually, I was planning to call an HVAC repairman before I replaced the thermostat, and the verdict would have been the same, since the problem was not the cause of the thermostat, but mismatched units.

Anyway, it's been cold here.  Even though the temperatures have been in the high teens, and even got up to the high 20s today,  our house has stayed a toasty 49*.  Obviously, our house is better insulated than I thought.  We've been running space heaters in two rooms, because we have two space heaters.  At night, I warm up Xavier's room, then move that heater to my room to warm it up.  Gabriel has the other one.  I refuse to run space heaters while we're sleeping.  As a fireman's daughter, I'm a little paranoid about fires caused by space heaters.

Since I don't want to have to heat Dominic's room (Xavier's is smaller, and Gabriel's is in the basement, which means it's always warmer anyway), Dominic has been sleeping in other beds.  The first night, he slept with me.  Yeah.  That's not going to happen again if I can help it.  That boy is all elbows and knees.  Last night he slept with Xavier.  Since they both tend to steal blankets, I piled them each high with their own blankets.  Then they took their books and started reading.  It was so adorable.  I'll have to take a picture of them.  Sadly, my camera is out in the car, and it is even colder outside than it is inside.

Tonight, I'm sitting in the library, next door to them.  I can hear them murmuring to each other.  I miss the companionship between them that comes from sharing a room.  When Gabriel was 4 and Xavier was one, Gabriel suggested to me that it was time for them to share a room.  Likewise, when Gabriel was 7, Xavier was 4, and Dominic was 1, Gabriel asked me when I was going to move them all in together.  They slept in the same room for about a year.  After that, Gabriel got his own room.  They have never been as close.  I'm not sure what it is about sharing a room that makes you closer to your siblings.  Perhaps it is the fact that there are no barriers.  There are no doors standing between you.

Gary and I plan to sell this house in the not too distant future.  We have decided that it is too big for our family.  Perhaps this is one of the reasons I believe that.  With a house this big, time together has to be forced.  Time apart is much easier.  That smaller house can't come soon enough.

1 comment:

  1. I have always felt the same way about children's rooms. I say to them, "Why should you get your own room? Even I have to share!" But they really do get so much more from being together like that. And I completely believe in small houses. It shouldn't be any bigger than your family needs it to be. :-) (This is the biggest house we've ever had, and we're comfortable in it - it's not TOO big - but we still hardly ever use the living room. We just use it to house our library.)

    I'm sorry about the heater, though.

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