Thursday, January 31, 2013

Awake Before the Day

It happened again.

I was awake, but the clock indicated that I still had time to sleep.

I wanted to sleep--but I could not. My mind was on. Preparing for the day ahead.

Guilt. I will be tired tonight before my usual time. I will probably fall asleep in the chair watching some mindless offering on TV, or worse, during the commercial of the mindless offering.

TV is a sleeping pill for me, it seems. When I travel, I turn the TV on to put me to sleep in the bed that is not my own, on the pillow I just met moments before, in a room that I just walked into, in a city away from home. The only familiar thing are the mindless programs on the television.

But this morning I paused. Listening to the sounds of the sleeping house. Feeling the cat under the covers with his back against mine sharing my warmth. The even breathing of Chris next to me was reassuring. Yet, I grew more frustrated and awake because the clock continued to tell my that I had 20 minutes more of sleep.

Failing sleep, I got up and started the day.

I wonder how it will go.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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