I have a magic lamp. Unfortunately, it’s not the “genie-in-a-bottle-you’ve-got-3-wishes” kind of lamp. It sits beside my chair in our living room and as long as it is burning like the Olympic torch, my children will sleep at night.
My husband, who likes to save a buck wherever he can, has been known to turn off The Lamp. It never fails. He always gets busted when I am awake at 3am with one or ALL of my children. I always flip out on him the next morning, “WHY would you turn The Lamp off?” I’ll say, with bags under my eyes. (He has lived with me for almost 12 years and is used to me being totally irrational.)
Seriously, if The Lamp burns all night everyone sleeps. The Lamp is wired directly to my children’s eyelids, with one flip of a switch you can not only turn off The Lamp, but one of my kids eye’s will simultaneously pop open.
I’ll go green somewhere else. I’ll recycle. I’ll only take 5 minute showers. I’ll turn the AC OFF. I’ll use my leftovers to make compost. But The Lamp is staying ON!