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Don’t Make Me Throw a Brick

Hannah Holt - April 12, 2016 5:24 am

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I saw a funny picture on Facebook last week that said, “There are two kinds of people in the world:   Morning people, and people who want to throw a brick at morning people.”

If anyone has known me for more than five minutes, they know without a doubt that I belong in the second group.       In fact, I am probably the leader of that group.

I think that it all started when I was in junior high.    My mother (God rest her soul) would try constantly and unsuccessfully to get me out bed in the morning and ready for school every day.    Finally, she told me, “Look.    You have ten minutes.    You can have breakfast, or ten more minutes of sleep.    But you can’t have both.”

My body adjusted.       To this day, my body doesn’t start to crave food until almost 11:00am.

And then when I went to college (GO K-STATE!), I always seemed to fall in with the all-nighters and the night owls.    College nights were always so much fun!    And although I had signed up for 7:00am classes with great intentions, they were quickly dropped in favor of more magical hours of sleep.

If you and I ever go on a road trip together, I will drive from midnight to 6:00am without a glitch.    But you do NOT want me behind the wheel between 6:00am and 10:00am.      In fact, attempts to even talk to me during those hours are usually met with grunts and growls.

So, knowing all of this….  You can imagine the words that came out of my mouth when one of my neighbors decided to mow his lawn at 6:30am one summer morning, because “it was going to be too hot to do it later in the day.”         Sadly, the neighbors on both sides of my house are morning people, and they see nothing wrong with being loud between 6:00am and 10:00am.

The only thing that has been able to effectively change my anti-morning habits is my son.     He and I both get up at 6:30am every weekday morning, so that we can get him dressed, fed, and off to school.

But don’t get me wrong.     If you feel the need to say things to me like, “We’re going running tomorrow at 6:00am!   Wanna join us?” or “Why are you still in bed?!    You’re wasting the best part of the day!”…..  I have a brick with YOUR NAME on it.

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