Good morning! Morning’s never been my strong suit, especially early morning. But “good morning” is the topic of this week’s photo challenge.
I know many people just spring right out of bed pre-dawn, eager and energetic to jump start the day. They are peppy and primed to greet the sunrise and get the business of the day rolling! Hoo-yah!
Not me. I open one eye warily. Glance at the clock. Groan and roll over. Pull the covers up just a bit more and sink back down into their warmth. Just a few minutes more I think. Why is it morning already anyhow? Morning just isn’t my thing, especially early morning.
This isn’t a new occurrence, I’ve been this way all my life. I can remember waking up as a child, hearing my mother making breakfast in the kitchen, and the kitchen radio blaring that too energetic announcer talking about what a great day it was going to be. And my mind would scream, “No! I don’t want to get up yet!”
I’m still that way. It’s morning and I have to climb out of my comfy and comforting bed and face the day. Yah-hoo! [said sarcastically]
So no, I’m not a morning person, but I’d like to be one. Really. I wish I would awaken each day with a cheerful attitude and a song in my heart. But reality is that I’m groggy and grumpy when I first awaken. And that usually doesn’t change until after I’ve showered and had my hot cup of tea. The grouchiness doesn’t stick around, thank goodness, and I can attack my day with gusto after that.
So I find it odd that lately I’ve been waking up before the sun. I glance at the clock and think why am I awake? Darkness still wraps its blanket over my house, so it’s not the sunshine sneaking through my bedroom blinds that awakens me. I lie in the warmth of my bed covers and think about the day ahead of me or the days behind me.
Often my worry meter kicks in and I stew over things that bother me. That’s when I leave the warmth of my bed and wander around my house in the dark bowing to the dread of insomnia that occasionally hinders my sleep. Other times, I can doze off once more and reawaken after the sun rises and I’m happy to see its cheerful rays streaming through my windows as the sun pops up on the east side of our home where our bedroom is located. Happy…not grumpy. That’s a change.
“Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.” ~Jean Giraudoux
So good morning! Really.
Today the sun demanded my attention as it spread across our yard and laser beamed straight into my heart while I stumbled downstairs to fill the teakettle. I grabbed my camera because its brilliance penetrating through the leaves of the maple tree in our front yard blinded me…with happiness.
And thankfulness. Maybe I’ll turn into a morning person yet. Who knew?
“You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
“Awake, my soul and sing of Him who died for thee, and hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.” ~ Matthew Bridges (Crown Him With Many Crowns)