Maggie is our host this week for the Thursday Throwback and this week’s prompt is: Nighttime Rituals
I’m going to use her ten guidelines this week.
- Did you share a room with a sibling, or did you have a room of your own?
Sis and I shared a room until my Brother got married in 1965, then I had what was his room. It was great to have my own space and I kept it clean and tidy. I also liked to move the furniture around!
- Did you resist going to bed or did you go willingly?
Bedtime was around 8pm (I remember being allowed to watch Coronation Street which was on at 7.30 Mondays and Wednesdays) but f we had visitors, we were allowed to stay up an extra half an hour, but no television. I was happy to go to bed.
- Did someone put you to bed, tuck you in, or read you a bedtime story?
I remember my dad would come and tuck us in and I loved it as we were tucked in really tight! I can’t remember being read to though.
- Was there a religious component, like prayers, to your nighttime routine?
I remember saying prayers when I was very young.
- Did you go to sleep immediately, or lie awake?
Most times I would go straight to sleep, unless I was excited about Christmas or my birthday.
- Did you journal, read a book, talk on the phone or with your siblings, or watch television when you were supposed to be sleeping?
I used to keep a moan book in which I wrote down all my gripes or if something was on my mind. I’d read it later, laugh and rip the pages out. In later life I used to read before turning the light off.
- Did you ever sleepwalk?
Not that I remember.
- Did you remember having dreams? If you dreamed, did you ever have bad dreams? Do you remember any dreams specifically?
I had some pretty bad nightmares as a kid and would go into my parents room and snuggle under the blankets with them. I’d soon be asleep and would wake up in my own bed. I had a recurring dream about my Mum’s feet and when she took her boots off, they would be bleeding.
- Were you afraid of the dark? Did you sleep with a nightlight or sneak into your sibling’s or parent’s room at night because you were afraid?
No, I wasn’t afraid of the dark, but in all the houses I’ve lived in, both as a child and an adult, there has always been a street lamp outside!
- Did you have or attend sleepovers or slumber parties? Feel free to elaborate.
No. I had a friend stay for a few days though when her Mum was in hospital.