Sleepless at Midnight

I’m not a morning person.

Detail of Stained Glass Window, First Presbyterian Church, Everett, Washington;
photo credit mine

Oh, I appreciate the early morning quiet — the solitude, the peacefulness of taking my first cuppa in holy silence — but it is a rare event. Because sleep is precious and important, and sleep doesn’t come easily to me; it never has. As a child I had many nights where I watched magic numbers on the newfangled digital clock.

  • 10:01
  • 10:10
  • 11:11
  • 11:22
  • 11:33
  • 11:44
  • 11:55
  • 11:59 as it turned to 12:00, the dot moving from the AM to PM position.
  • 12:12
  • 12:21
  • 12:34
  • 12:51 …a mirror image on a digital clock, the colon symbol reversing the image
  • 1:01
  • 1:11
  • 1:23

I didn’t see all those numbers every night, but I often saw at least half of them. It’s not confusing to me why I had so much trouble waking up in time to go to school, although I’m sure it perturbed my father who was the parent at home on those mornings.

Unfortunately, it appears I have passed that trait down to several of my own children.
Sorry, guys! You managed to get many traits from your father, but this is one you got from me.

2 thoughts on “Sleepless at Midnight

  1. Lately, sleep has often eluded me – from about 1 AM til whatever. I fall asleep with a book but wake up after 1-2 hours, wide awake and with thought milling around in my head. Luckily I can sleep in the mornings (no 6 AM wake-up to go to work!) but I try to haul my behind out of bed before 9 AM.
    Current problems with sleeping is related to worries about my Dad and Barb – and now today the Minister of Health announced a 3-month ban on visits to Assisted Living Facilities! Three months!

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