Friday, October 4, 2013

Sleepwalking and Johnny Carson

When I was a kid, I loved the Johnny Carson Show, but Mom rarely let me stay up to watch it (technically, by the time I loved it, the show was called The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson).

The room my sister and I shared had a small TV, and I would sometimes get up in my sleep, turn on Johnny, and sit at the foot of my twin bed, watching.

Every time, Mom would stomp into my room, and ask WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS DOING. Every time, since one is not always so smart when sleepwalking, I would very indignantly reply I AM WATCHING JOHNNY CARSON.

Mom snapped off the TV, I got back under the covers, and it was over until 10:30 the next night that I fell asleep mad that I didn’t get to watch.

One night I sleepwalked, and maybe it was Saturday or Sunday, because instead of watching Johnny, I really wanted to write a letter.

Mom found me standing on the kitchen counter near the chair I’d dragged over, head and arms in the cabinets, shoving bowls and plates and glasses out of my way, urgently trying to find paper and pens.

In her usual fashion, Mom said WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?

I gave her my best ARE YOU JUST STUPID OR WHAT look and said I. Am. Writing. A. Letter.

The chair was quickly put in its proper place and so was I and the next day I had to straighten up all the cupboards even though I had no memory of being the one who messed them up.

Have you ever sleepwalked? If so, what's the goofiest thing you did?


  1. Wow. I've only experienced the whole doing crazy when I took Ambien to sleep and it was craaazzzy! I made meals. I ate. I made phone calls in the wee hours of the morn and had conversations I had not a clue that I had!
    Do you still sleepwalk or did you grow out of it?
    Great topic.
    Found you via UBC on FB and now following. :)
    Happy Weekend!

    1. I grew out of it, and I hear that Ambien is crazy! Drugs are bad : ) Loved your most recent blog, and thanks for stopping by mine.

  2. Childhood memories are fun...
    saw your post in comment chain at UBC

  3. This is a very interesting recall of a very interesting event. Your "mission" to write is now on this blog sharing such amazing childhood events. Wonderful!

    1. Thanks so much - I'll watch you at the UBC!

  4. Too funny. My daughter talks in her sleep...rather loudly. It's quite entertaining.

    1. It IS entertaining, until dangerous things start happening : ) Watch out if she starts moving around! Thanks for stopping by.