Belt Suspenders Belt

I never needed a sleeping pill when my children were very young. The problem wasn’t getting to sleep, it was having to opportunity to sleep.

Those opportunities were irregular and unpredictable.

We had all the gadgets, gizmos and sleep books that promised to get our little dictators to sleep. On the whole, we had more successes than failures.

There were still times in which nothing really worked.

No matter what method was being employed, there was one important element that was always required, a pacifier.

So-called “experts” say that pacifiers are to be avoided. But our mileage varied. Because the pacifier was such an important part of the sleep process, we made sure that we had multiple copies in every room in the house.

We had them in the car, we had them in the diaper bag, we had them at grandma’s house and we had spares, dupes, and backups.

When I saw this sand-covered pacifier on a beach walk in St. Petersburg, Florida I got a little nostalgic for the old days. Just for a minute though.

No word on whether the mom or dad had another pacifier at the ready.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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