All my life, I’ve been an Early Bird.
However, that does not mean what it used to mean. It used to mean waking up and immediately starting my day. Lately, it means I wake up, get out of bed, take care of the dogs, then curl up under a blanket on the sofa, barely awake for the next two hours.
It’s pathetic. I do not stay up any later than I ever did, and I am “waking” at the same time, so I know I am getting enough sleep.
Saturday night, I went to bed thinking that I should bake a cake and make macaroni and cheese before going to church on Sunday. Our service starts late – 10:30 – so I have plenty of time in the morning.
Sunday morning, I was sorely tempted to curl up on the sofa with my laptop, but I wanted to go to the Botanic Gardens in the afternoon. The downside to such a late worship service is that it’s past noon by the time we get home. I needed to have lunch ready when we got home. So I baked the cake. Then I made the mac and cheese. I still had time to goof off online, too.
Not only was I not tired, I wasn’t cold, either, because instead of sitting on my butt, I was moving around.
Like I used to do every day.
The truth is, I’ve become idle in the morning because I can be. I don’t need to get chores out of the way before starting the school day. I don’t have little ones who need my care in the morning, or anyone that needs to be coaxed out of bed into action. I don’t have to drive anyone anywhere in the morning, and I don’t need to get myself ready for work.
I am no longer in the habit of being productive before 9:00am.
This morning, inspired by my new insight, I decided to start the day with productivity and clean bathrooms while my daughter was getting ready for school.
She left the house without saying good morning or good bye!
She’s never done that before! Ever!
When I’m sitting on the sofa with my blanket and laptop, she always comes in to say good morning, ask a question or two, and always shouts out an, “I’m leaving, Mom!” before walking out the door. I always shout back, “Have a great day, Sweetpea!”
Since I was busy, she left without a word.
So my bathroom is clean, but my heart feels a bit empty. Not a good trade.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be sitting on the sofa with my blanket and laptop.
How do you start your day?