With my kids being under the weather for the past week or three, I’m reminded of just how much I hate having to turn on lights in the middle of the night.
I don’t mind getting up in the middle of the night to soothe away bad dreams, re-insert a soother, remove a pudgy leg from where it’s wedged between crib bars, or wipe a small bottom. All these things can be (and are) done by the soft glow of the hall nightlight.
When, as a parent, you have to turn on a light at night, you know there’s trouble. If I have to also find my glasses, the trouble is epic. It means I am doing laundry (which means something aimed at my gag reflex is on sheets and/or children), or giving up entirely on the night’s sleep, or looking for a missing limb, or piggy, or blanket.
Or possibly I am just trying to annoy Carl/let him know I have been up for QUITE SOME TIME.
Recently this problem was made worse by the installation of “energy efficient” light bulbs. They started out in the bathroom, but if you have ever tried to do your makeup in a Walmart and hoped you would look ok in any other lighting, you know how badly that worked out.
Not to mention, when the bathroom light was left on and I looked down the hall, a “Twilight Zone” pool of glow emerged from the bathroom door. I was spooked.
So the lightbulbs moved into our walk-in closet, because, Carl reasoned, it would be nice to be able to see our clothes clearly and there are no mirrors around. Unfortunately, this is still the light I turn on if a certain little one needs to use the bathroom at night, which means I feel like I am being woken up to take her to the bathroom in Walmart.
Unlike a lot of people, I actually have nothing against Walmart. I frequent their stores and take full advantage of their big-box prices. I believe they have things figured out when it comes to mass selling, even it is does kick small businesses where they notice.
However, the lighting makes my eyelids squinch in on themselves, my lashes stand on end, and my cerebrum curl into a quivering ball of discomfort. I do not loiter in Walmart. You may have noticed similar lighting in dollar stores, or, as they are more commonly called these days, Dollar Plus stores. AKA…stores like any other? Yes, I think so. Stop trying to be special, dollar stores where I need many dollars.
Anyway, this is obviously not the feeling I want to create in my home. Not in the daytime, and definitely not at night.
Energy efficiency be darned, if this is how it’s gonna be. Earth, your sun is lovely and I use it often for light. I won’t shower daily or drink bottled water. I will bring reusable bags to the grocery store and I will use my glass bottles as vases. Please don’t ask more of me than that.
Don’t even talk to me about cloth diapers.
*Interesting note: I learned that Walmart is in fact actively committed to trying to get these more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs into all homes, and being lauded for their “green” efforts! I guess they practice what they preach and are using these bulbs in their stores as well. Little did I know my comparison to Walmart lighting was indeed so accurate.