“Time for bed.”

“Finish what you’re doing and clean up your mess, kid.  It’s time for bed.”

“Ok, dad.”

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“I said, it’s time for bed!  It’s been ten minutes.  STOP what you’re doing and get your butt upstairs.”

OK, dad.”

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“Maggie, I’m Serious.  It’s already a half-hour after your bedtime and tomorrow’s a school-day.  Come on.”

OK!  I just have to finish this!”

“No, you don’t.  It’s time for bed.  I’m not going to tell you again.”

“But dad, I just want to finish this poem!”

“Look, I said…….what?….”

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“….oh…….um…okay……well…..just don’t take too long….”