Monday, July 12, 2010

True Story Tuesday - The Somnambulist

How is it that even on a staycation, Tuesday sneaks up on me???

Howdy y'all - ready for some True Story Tuesday?  Where we showcase hilarious, amazing, outrageous, miraculous and (mostly) true tales.

It's easy - just grab the code under the TST button on the right sidebar, paste it into your post, then come back and link up for some comment love!  We'll be waiting right here for ya :)

This week brought to you by Rachel - and a certain unintentionally entertaining relative...

To Sleep Perchance to Dream Walk?

So I'm kinda venturing into uncharted waters here... We have no qualms about posting funny and embarrassing stuff about ourselves on this blog, but usually stop short of posting stories that would embarrass unsuspecting people we know In Real Life.

(Okay, so we post crazyface picctures of family members - but hey - if you know I have a blog and you still cross your eyes and stick your tongue out when my camera is in your face... you get what you get)

So this story is a couple decades old, but it was funny when it happened, and still funnier than heck 20+ years later.

See, my uncle has a slight sleepwalking issue.

(And before my family jumps all over me in the comments... yes, I am aware that this is the pot calling the kettle black - but y'all can start your own blogs and tell stories about me :)

Anyhoo, Uncle Caesar moved his family up here and they stayed with us while they looked for a new home.

During that timeframe, we became intimately acquainted with my uncle's nocturnal adventures.  We'd heard stories about the first time he'd stayed at his new in-laws' home and peed in the coat closet in the middle of the night, and how he'd wander and talk to himself in the wee hours - but nothing prepared us for the surreal experience of having him overnight at our home.

My mother would describe being awoken by the sounds of someone stumbling into the bathroom after the household had called it a night.  Then she heard an odd noise:  the sound of the shower doors sliding on their tracks.

Then again, accompanied by sounds of thumping.

Then wimpering.

Then a pounding on the fiberglass doors.

When others began to awake from the noisy disturbance the scene was funny and sad all at once.

My uncle had climbed into the shower in his sleep.  Slid the doors closed.  Then found himself trapped.

He became frightened and began to frantically pound on them.  When he couldn't manuever himself out, he began to weep.

By the time my mother arrived, he was on his knees begging:

"Dear God, if you get me out of here, I'll do anything.  I'll do anything.  Please God!"


We were not allowed to tease Uncle Caesar about this or even mention it in his presence.  But the best ending to this story?  Is that he did find God eventually :)


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Happy Tuesday y'all!


Sylvia Plathypus said...

Aww, that poor man! I'm ashamed to say I was gigging ferociously at the story, but I do feel for him. I used to be a bit of a somnambulist myself when I was really little, so I know how disorienting and embarassing it is when you finally come to. =) Great post as always!! Happy Tuesday...;)

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

I love ending my night with your funny posts! This one did not disappoint!!!

HeatherOz said...

Uh Oh! I have a sleepwalker that pees while sleeping and walking! He almost peed in my closet tonight!
NO! It's not DaddyO!
Stop that! Hee hee!

Discovery School at First Baptist Heath said...

Love a story that gives a giggle, and then ends with "He did eventually find God".... Ya made my day.

Kmama said...

Oh my goodness. That is so funny!! The poor guy!

Reminds me of that story I posted awhile ago about Jdaddy peeing in our coat closet!!

Aunt Crazy said...

Is it really really mean that this cracked me UP??? Cuz it did...LOL

Anonymous said...

Poor Unc!!

We are a sleep walking family too - they lead to some funny stories!!

Brandi said...

Oh, bless his heart! Scott's grandma had night terrors and would sleep walk like that and it was very hard to wake her up. Sort of freaky.

Heather said...

That is funny and sad. I love that you used the word sonambulist. I just listed that on my blog as one of my all time favorite words!!

GunDiva said...

Oh, Lord, I needed that laugh!

I have a friend who is a sleep eater - she's woken up multiple times sitting on the couch eating pizza or laying in bed eating string cheese.

I'm gonna get video some day, I promise :)

Foursons said...

I have been known to have night terrors when I'm stressed. They are not fun at all! If I had 2 hands to type w/ I might tell you some things I've done. :)

Beth Zimmerman said...

My sister was a sleepwalker and one of my duties as a child was protecting her and all the assorted stuff she was prone to peeing on! Like the corner of my parents bed or the vacuum cleaner that was stored in the bathroom closet.

And we caught Dirk, my step-son, halfway across the front yard one time.

Emily said...

Wow! That is some serious sleep-walking! I'm glad he was rescued.

Stacy said...

Your poor uncle! That would be quite embarrassing, and I can see why he didn't want you to tell anyone at the family gatherings. Unfortunately...he didn't say anything about your blog, eh?? LOL! ;)

Brian used to sleepwalk when he was a kid, and it was from his asthma medication. He didn't have it bad, so when his parents found him outside next to the mailbox and the ROAD in the middle of the night they stopped that medication.

Amy said...

Bwahahahahah! That is not funny.... but funny!!!! Do you know how many times I have woken up in the shower at 2:00am wondering what the heck is going on???? TOO MANY! I feel for him! Been there, done that, got the T-shirt! I am glad I am not the only one! I scare my husband a lot with my walking and talking episodes! Fantastic story! I will be smiling the rest of the day!

Pam said...

OH my gosh....your stories get better and better! lol

Icy BC said...

I used to have a friend who slept-walking, and I always got frighten to see her climbing on the railing.

I love your story!

Dyann said...

hee hee.

You sleepwalk?

hee hee.

Kari said...

Okay, that was hilarious! Haha! I feel bad for laughing, but it was so long ago, it doesn't count, right? And how you challenge your family to start their own blogs - heehee!

So glad he eventually found God!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

*GIGGLES*!!! What a funny story~! Poor Uncle Caesar!

I really needed that laugh today, thanks :)

Unknown said...

tehehehehe! Oh, I have stories to tell about Jerome and my dad! TST posts for at least a month! Good stuff!

Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama said...

This is horribly hysterical! I could just picture it in my mind...and now I can't stop cracking up!
I had a student in one of my preschool classes that would sleep walk. He'd stagger up off his nap mat and wander around the room. One time I think he was dreaming he was a dinosaur, from his noises and actions! My co-teacher & I would giggle a bit, and gently steer him back towards his mat.

Unknown said...

Your family is so fun : )
I love it!
I am glad that he did find Jesus : ) and I am also glad that your mother can email you. Mine? Not so much.

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