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I’ve always slept until the last possible moment every morning. I’ve been a snooze button pusher, a bargainer, a beggar. Just ten more minutes…no, then just five? Please?
But, every morning, for the past several months, I’ve forced myself out of bed at 6:00, a full hour before my children will wake and eagerly greet the day.
I roll out of bed, fumble for my glasses, hold my breath, and tip toe down the hall, past the kids’ rooms, ever fearful of waking them.
I descend the stairs and find Craig in the office, kiss and wish him a good morning, and while we exchange morning pleasantries on the way to the kitchen, “how did you sleep?”, he pours me my first cup of coffee.
He heads back into the office and I settle onto the couch, snuggle with my cozy blanket, and delicately lift the lid of my laptop.
And for one hour, one blissful hour, I sit in the complete quiet, with only the blue glow and the tapping of keys from my laptop and I slowly, but happily begin my day.
I open Twitter, WordPress, and Google Reader.
I savor my coffee…coffee that in just a few hours will be more about survival than taste and appreciation.
I spend these stolen moments floating from one place to another, reading, commenting, savoring.
I claim these moments for myself, because once those 60 minutes are up, the remaining moments of my day are filled with preschooler plans and toddler babble, coloring and tower building, memorizing my children and enjoying them in each moment.
If I skip these moments for myself, I am often less patient and more resentful of the endless demands of motherhood.
So, while I love sleep, I rub my eyes, stretch my sleepy body, and I get up. Because, well, because I love me, too.
What do you do each day that’s just for you? How do you take care of yourself so that you can take care of others?
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