Your requirements to fall asleep have become noteworthy of late – it is a nonstop topic of discussion for your mother and me. Just one of those things that always seems to give us a nice chuckle despite it happening it every night. You’ve fallen in love with getting a back scratch. It’s almost as bad as when we had you on a pacifier. You’ll ask for your “so bei” (Chinese for backscratch) and you will expect it. If someone’s hand doesn’t start scratching your back, you will kick up a fuss. If we stop scratching before you’ve fallen asleep, you only say two words to us: “so bei” in such a deep and imploring tone as if the world (or at least your world) depended on it.
As funny as you are about it, the physical demand on one’s deltoid and hand is serious business. Giving you a back scratch is a more intense deltoid exercise than any set of deltoid raises I’ve ever done. And your mom has been going on about how she thinks she’s developed carpal tunnel syndrome from all the back scratch sessions that can sometimes last an hour. Lordy. Just another example of how we sacrifice our bodies for yours.
If you are anything like your mother, this habit will stick with you until you’re an adult. You will ask your partner for back scratches and you will probably pass this habit onto your children with a similar line of thinking as your mother: “I should try giving my baby a back scratch to help him fall asleep!”
So goes the circle of life!