Up & At ’em

DAILY POST: New Dawn – How often do you get to (or have to) be awake for sunrise? Tell us about what happened the last time you were up so early (or late…).


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I love to sleep. If life would have allowed, I could have slept in until at least 10:00 o’clock every morning, maybe even later. Alas, leisurely mornings were never in store for me.

From early childhood, my Kindergarten days to be exact, mornings began before sunrise, first with a nudging from my mother, then verbal prompting and finally yanking my little body from slumber. Of course my school day did not require that I awaken so early, being part of a six-sibling family did.


Bully brothers

The older children had first dibs on using the bathroom and by the time it was my turn, my brothers had left puddles of water everywhere – beneath the sink, on the sink, on the mirror and there was not a dry towel to be found. Breakfast in the kitchen was just as unsettling as my brothers scarfed down their scrambled eggs and toast. A little kid had to be careful to not be trampled by them after they finished their breakfast and hurried back to the bathroom to brush their teeth and slather on more Brylcreem. It was a crude existence. A fight for survival!

The morning havoc continued in this manner throughout the school years, giving brief reprieve during summer months when daylight would greet waking eyes and bathroom congestion was non-existent.

6a6b29f2626dThose school years are long behind me now, lots of sunsets and sunrises have come and gone and I still enjoy any opportunity where I can sleep in until after the sun has risen. Maybe someday, sleeping in will become my norm.



5 responses to “Up & At ’em

  1. Think “retirement” when NO ONE can tell you when to get up … except the doctor and their appointment people …

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  2. I suppose I represent the opposing view on the topic of sleep. I have a strong circadian rhythm and wake up every day somewhere between 6:00-6:30. I love waking up before the sun comes up and watch the world come to life. Having just spent a week at the beach, there is almost nothing better than staring at the Atlantic with a fresh cup of coffee watching dolphins graze the shallows before the surfers and swimmers crowd the beach.

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    • Ok, I can see your point, in my head. There actually was a time when I would wake up at 5 a.m. and give myself an intentional hour and a half of quiet time, before the kids and husband awakened. I caught up on reading and I would sit at the dining room table, in my chair which faced the east through the patio doors. Not quite like watching dolphins on the Atlantic, but, nevertheless, it was really good private time. Thanks for commenting! 😀

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  3. Franky tells it like it is

    I don’t like to sleep in. I start to feel terrible and think I could miss something of the day. BUT I need a good 8 – 10 hours night sleep otherwise I am grumpy the whole next day. How ironic is that?!


    • I think I agree with your comment about feeling terrible about sleeping in and missing something, but, I can’t remember the last time I was able to choose to sleep in! The diabetic dogs are on a strict schedule and wake me up. Thanks for commenting. P.S. Hope you got a good 8-10 hours last night. 😉

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