Just Wave Your Arms

So…this isn’t really a traveling miss-hap, I just thought it was really funny.

I usually take my phone into the bathroom with me…I think this has become a pretty common practice for most parents these days as the bathroom is a great place to hide away. Today I was in the restroom just reading away on my phone when the lights go out in the bathroom and it is pitch black in there. At first I thought it was the power. Then I realized my kids were probably just playing a prank on me.

“Ok, who turned off the lights?”


“Hello? Who turned off the lights? You can turn them on now!”

That’s when I hear my 12-year-old calmly say, “Oh mom, you just have to wave your hands up in the air for a while and they’ll come back on.”

“Wait, it happened to you too?”

“Yeah, it happens all the time to me in that bathroom.”

That’s when it clicked. The lights in the bathroom have motion sensors. No, I didn’t get pranked by my kids. The bathroom just thought I was on the toilet for too long. So, now I know, if I’m on the crapper for too long and the lights go out, all I have to do is wave my arms up in the air and the lights will come back on.


Author: Jennie.Denney

Jennie lives in Southern California with her husband and four children. She loves to travel, write poetry, and be by the water. She received a certificate of the Bible through Torchbearers Bible School, attended Hope International University for her undergrad, received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Apprentice Experience at Friends University, and a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. She has written Soul Cries: A Book of Poems, Soul Cries: A Journal, and her newest book is Shaping the Soul: An Artist Collective. She owns and manages www.jenniedenney.com, where she writes a weekly blog with stories, practices, and lessons she is learning, to help her readers know they are not alone in their own becoming and encouraging them to connect with God. Follow her on IG @jennie.denney and Pinterest @jenniferpdenney.

One thought on “Just Wave Your Arms”

  1. So funny! I’m imagining the arm wave! I remember going into our bathroom just to have time alone when you kids were little.


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