White Girls CAN Jump

I was getting ready for work the other morning and I jumped up to turn on the light–What? You don’t have to do that? You mean your light switch isn’t on the ceiling?


Reaching for light switch

(that’s the teeny window that I have to press my cell phone against to get a signal in the dungeon)

I’m not really sure who designed it this way, whether it was like that when my parents bought the house or if this was my dad’s electrical engineering brainstorm, but there it is. I do have a floor lamp that I use most of the time, but the light on the ceiling points at my clothes, and we all know how important it is to actually SEE your clothes when you’re trying to get dressed. (Really I need it when I’m digging through the dirty clothes, but we won’t tell anyone that.)

So, I have to jump. Usually I get it on the first try, but if I’m at all sleepy or Owen is nearby, it usually takes two or three attempts.

An even more pathetic perspective…

Still reaching for light switch

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


    • Travis, that’s gonna be a very bouncy video. It was hard enough to get a picture of my hand. Do you know how many pictures of the ceiling I have? (well not really, I did delete them, but still)


    Can’t breath… world spinning… totally worth it…


    Adam, totally sympathetic. Srsly.

    PS – You’z lickle!

  2. Penguin

    I don’t know what is more funny, the thought of you having to jump for the light switch, or Adam laughing at you jumping for the light switch.

    I bet your dad put it there because to him it makes since, he probably didn’t think about having a leprechaun in the basement.

    I bet Owen likes it when you jump around.

    My day is going to go better today just thinking of you having to jump for a light switch.

    I am sorry for your inconvenience but it is funny.

    • My mom just told me that the switches were put in that way after they moved in, so my dad had a hand in it. The house IS made of cinderblock so it was probbaly easier to do that than bust through the wall for the sake of a switch, but still.

  3. JLC

    Perhaps there is some way of changing it into a pull switch. Maybe you could have some love beads hang from it and you can just pull the light on and off. I have to think of Adam’s health here. If you keep jumping to turn the light off, he could laugh himself into a coma.


    • Stacey, a stool would make sense, but my room is already small enough. The bed is right there so I could climb on that, but jumping is so much easier.

      If you send your daughter I promise to corrupt her. :brows:

  4. Penguin

    Hey Hoo,

    Not to *poke* fun at your short comings but this is really quite funny.

    In honor of you I will ask my landlord to change all my switches to the ceiling.

  5. Dad

    Get a foot stool!!!, Switch and lights replaced a fixed light with pull chain in a ceiling that is 8″ deep cement and all walls are block. Besides I can reach it fine. Maybe this is a temporary problem and one of many little things to make life dificult in the “hole”

  6. Nadine

    LOL – This kinda cracked me up! I wonder what the reasoning was behind the ceiling installation? How funny! Jump! Kris Kross will make you Jump! Jump!

    Okay, now that song is going to be in my head. 🙂

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