Ben was a real jokester. He had been dating mom for two years and loved to play pranks on us kids. On a Tuesday at 3 a.m., after a night of heavy drinking, they woke us up for school. It was always dark on winter mornings, so I didn't question the darkness. I was so tired during breakfast that I had to focus on keeping my eyes open while mom and Ben giggled about something from across the table. They bundled us up and sent us out into the cold winter morning to wait for the bus. After ten minutes, Ben emerged from the house and yelled through his laughter, "It's three thirty in the morning you idiots, get back to bed!"