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Elephants, Hobbits, and Breakfast

Dear Kid,

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day! Take a moment to appreciate your favorite elephant. DearKidLoveMom.comIt’s Elephant Appreciation Day (but you knew that).

African elephants have the best sense of smell in the animal kingdom. They can smell water 12 miles away and detect rain 150 miles away. Elephants would make excellent TV weather people, except they are smarter than the average meteorologist.

And it’s the Autumnal Equinox which means that if you were standing exactly on the equator (which you’re not) and you’d brought a stop watch with you (which you probably wouldn’t have done) and if you happened to time both the day and night (which you’d only do if you cared about such things and you probably don’t), you’d discover that the Autumnal Equinox is when (on the equator) there are exactly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.

And it’s Hobbit Day, what with being Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday. Hobbits love to eat and eat 7 meals a day including breakfast and second breakfast.

“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

That seems like enough of a reason to be a Hobbit. Breakfast and Second Breakfast? I’m in love.

Elephants don’t divide their food into meals; they eat all day long. Maybe I’ll be a Hobbit-Elephant. Hobephant? Elebbit?

“May the hair on your toes never fall out!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

And Happy Fall.

Love, Mom

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Top Five Reasons for Sleeping at College

importance of sleeping in collegeDear Kid,

Sleep is important. Hence the mama mantra of “Turn off the tv and Go. To. Sleep.” Seems everyone is talking about it. And by everyone, I mean me and Alltop which has a new infographic on the subject of college sleep cycles. Link provided for your viewing pleasure, but the infographic doesn’t really say all that much we didn’t already know.

More importantly, Alltop leaves off the real reasons you need to sleep in college. Since I hate for you to have significant knowledge deficiencies, I have (thoughtfully) provided the Top 5 Reasons for sleeping at college.

Without Enough Sleep:

1. You can die. I know this because I watch House and they were concerned about someone dying from lack of shut eye.

As a group, 18- to 24-year-olds deprived of sleep suffer more from impaired performance than older adults.

2. You might fall asleep in class. Not only can falling asleep in class negatively impact your grade, someone might take the opportunity to draw on your cheek and then you’d have to spend time washing it off. Time which would be better spent sleeping.

Teenagers need as much sleep as small children (about 10 hrs) while those over 65 need the least of all (about six hours). For the average adult aged 25-55, eight hours is considered optimal.

3. You might miss True Love. (Stick with me here.) If you don’t get enough sleep, you will get cranky. If you get cranky, you might be rude to your True Love when you accidentally bump into her. True Love scowls and leaves.

Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.

4. You don’t dream. You only get to dream when your asleep. Dreams are fun and funky and great for discussing over breakfast. If you are the type to get up and discuss things over breakfast.

Elephants sleep standing up during non-REM sleep, but lie down for REM sleep.

5. You look sleep deprived. You look significantly better when you are well rested. Dark circles under bleary eyes is not a good look for anyone. Dull skin and blood-shot eyes are a definite Fashion Don’t. I know this because there is not a single cosmetic company advocating charcoal smears as an under-eye solution.

Nighty-night, kiddo.

Love, Mom

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