There is a little knob in my house … no, there are a TON of them, and they never get used …

On July 24, 2012 by Aimee

What is it?

Oh, come on, guess.

If you have kids, you already know!

It’s the LIGHT SWITCH! Dun dun!

There’s one (or two or three in some cases) in every room in our house. Yet somehow, my kids know how to flip them UP, but not flip them down.



This must be a difficult task, right? I mean, down is just so …. hard?

That can’t be it. My kids are smarter than that.

So what is it? Why is it that I can walk around my entire house flipping switches DOWN in every room and turning off lights, ceiling fans, or … the simple switch — the one on the TV … apparently neither it OR the remote works.

That must be it.

They don’t work.



So it’s not difficult, they do work … but they don’t ever get used.

Perhaps it’s the location.

Nope, that can’t be it … the switch never moves.

Maybe there are gremlins. You know those same buggers that get in your clothes and sew them tighter? Maybe those things are going around and forcing those switches in place so we can burn unnecessary energy.

That it?


I just can’t think of a reason except one …


You see, they don’t pay the massive electricity bill each month, so why should they care that their ceiling fan is running on high in the middle of a 100 degree day when no one is around to feel the breeze?

What do they care if a light was left on all night? The gremlins needed nightlight. Right?


Wrong answer.

They have no concept of what their NOT turning off the x, y, z appliance does to the bottom line. It won’t ever have an affect until they pay the bill and I bet, once they do, I’ll hear:

“The switch is right there by the door and no one’s holding it on, so TURN IT OFF!”

Which are the exact words I use.


Like mother like daughter?

Oh yeah.

The time will come.

You see? I can’t make this up. THIS is the stuff of non-fiction and why no one in my fiction novels ever leaves a light on. 😉

How about you? How do you get your kids to turn OFF the lights and fans?

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