When I tell my 5 year old I am tired it means I do not want to play Candyland or Guess Who, AGAIN! When I tell my teenagers I am tired it means there is mac and chesse for dinner and I will be having quiet time with the Gilmore Girls. When I tell my husband I am tired it means "Honey I love you but you will have to rock my world another night." (What he hears is, "make it quick")
When my hubby says he is tired, he actually means he needs to vegetate reading the newspaper or watch UFC. And when his head does hit his pillow he is asleep before I can say good-night.
When my teenagers tell me they are tired it means they don't want to do chores or homework but have lots of energy to text, be on Facebook and watch TV. It means they will fall asleep within minutes of starting family scripture reading. It means they will whine continually when asked to do anything they don't want to do.
When the two little boys are tired it means they can barely dress or undresss themselves, get up or down the stairs in less than 20 mins and need to fight and wrestle some more.
And when the word "tired" is heard, it is interpreted in many different ways. When mom and dad are tired and actually in bed, to my usually monosyllabic speaking Man/Boy it means it is a good time to talk about girls, scout projects and his future. To 15 year old Sassy it means it is a good time to let us know about all the injustices she is suffering at the hands of her siblings and friends. And to 13 year old TanMan it means midnight is a good time to try on his newly acquired lacrosse helmet, walk into our bedroom, turn on the light and model it for us.
My favorite "tired" is 5 year old JarBear tired. Too tired for a book (I can live without ISpying things for one night). Too tired to brush his teeth "It tickles my nose". Too tired to say his own prayer, "Mommy you say it". He crawls into bed and is in dreamland before Veggie Tales gets through their first song. That is a tired I envy.