We married oldies do like to get a good night’s sleep

SINCE we've been married, we've had many people say to us something along the lines of "oh, you're an old married couple now"... and this is possibly something to do with our sleeping habits.

Now I'm not being sleazy in any way here ... it's just a simple fact that my husband and I really like our bed, particularly sleeping in it.

My husband likes to go to bed before 9pm, which is something I rebelled against in the early days of our relationship. I quickly figured out that without 10 or more hours of sleep, my husband can transform into something that resembles a zombie. The man needs his sleep, like I need chocolate, and we're all okay with this now.

This was challenged a little on our recent holiday. We were staying with my uncle and his wife, both in their 40s. One night (after we'd spent all day travelling), they decided that it was time to show us Vietnam's nightlife.

We looked at each other, unsure of what this would involve ... but then decided that we were on holidays and it was okay to explore uncharted territory.

Cartoons by Harry Bruce for The Morning Bulletin in February 2013
Cartoons by Harry Bruce for The Morning Bulletin in February 2013 Harry Bruce

So off we go. We went to this lovely rooftop bar about 60 stories up. It had a lovely view and our seats were right next to the glass. Not too bad. After a few rounds of beverages, it started to get late (by our standards). It was about 11pm, the music was getting louder, and it was turning into a club.

Our hosts decided that okay, it was time to go (and by now we are silently rejoicing and looking forward to bed). But as we got back in the car, even I could tell that we weren't heading towards home. I nervously asked where we were off to - and they said "oh, we're going to a better spot ... don't tell me you two are tired?"

Caught out. Did I mention that my aunt and uncle are nearly 20 years older than us? And here they are, ready to party on. I can't help thinking that they were just enjoying themselves without the kids.

I must say that we had a good time - we danced and sang a little to a surprisingly good cover band at the second bar. We enjoyed the night and we even enjoyed a change to our early night style. Getting up at 6am the next morning was not so enjoyable.

But still, I hope that one day in 20 years' time, we can still show our nieces and nephews how to party! Failing that, we could just show them the value of a good night's sleep ...

 

Sarah-Joy Pierce
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with Sarah-Joy Pierce



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