The key to a successful bedtime is routine and calming activites. Reading, snuggling, a glass of milk, perhaps a lullaby. You know, stuff like this. Going against all that, TotRock Dad has taught the tots this new quirky routine at bedtime. When it’s time to put on pajamas, the kids yell:
Kick out the jams, Mother! I’m gonna kick ’em out!
This is followed by a dance fest, replete with jumping, head banging and air kicks, while listening to Kick out the Jams by MC5.
Not exactly a lullaby, is it? I’m certain jamming out to MC5 is not a quiet time activity. Nevertheless, the whole thing is terribly amusing to Mr. TotRock. He’s remarked, “this [new habit] makes me such a happy dad.” Don’t worry, this hasn’t totally ruined the sense of calm before bed. It’s been a long time since bedtime has been calming.
Know what also is also anything but calming? MC5. Robert Bixby described the 1960’s punk band as “a catastrophic force of nature the band was barely able to control.” Likewise, the post-show atmosphere was described by Don McLeese as “the delirious exhaustion experienced after ‘a street rumble or an orgy. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) The aftermath of a street rumble? Yeah, that sounds like my house at bedtime.
Okay. Write this down. If you are looking around for the next big thing, this is it. Ready? MC5 Kick out the paJAMaS. I did a cursory search on The Google and no one has done this yet. I’m telling you. Do it now before Etsy is flush with them. You’re welcome.