“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” – Mindy Kaling
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Yes, that is me in all my teenage glory. My hair is short, which means it was after 1975. I had my orange phone, which means it was after 1977. I know this because I got the phone with my own money and I wasn’t working a steady job until after I graduated high school in January 1977. I graduated six months early for no reason other than I had the credits. I literally don’t know why I made that decision. I was away from my class at possibly the most important time – and didn’t care. Weird.
Anyhow, I somehow convinced the phone guy that my parents, the owners of the home, were okay with me installing a phone with my very own number while they were at work.
Gosh, were they surprised when they got home… since I hadn’t asked permission. And “surprised” is a bit of an understatement. If you’re a parent, you can imagine the discussion that ensued.
However, there was one thing about the phone that made it come in very handy, indeed. I believe it’s why this photo was taken, though nobody seems to remember exactly.
See, I like to sleep… a lot. Always have. Not necessarily at night, either. When everyone else is getting up for their day, that’s when I like sleeping best. And in the afternoon… well, let’s just say I’m a napper going way back!
Anyway, back then, Dad was the one who got up super early and woke my sister and me up for our day(s). He brought us our morning protein shakes, which were like smoothies before we called them that. His sister sold Shaklee and it was his way to support her efforts. I can still taste them in all their powdery goodness. They were (actually) quite good, though a little chalky — an acquired taste — and gave us our daily dose of vitamins and protein.
While my sister was more of a morning person – and still is – I was, as already discussed, NOT. It was around this time that he found a good use for that phone in my room.
My guess is that Dad called from the kitchen at the same time my sister swung open the door and snapped the shot. I certainly *look* happy to be receiving a phone call, don’t I?
It all makes perfect sense.
So, that’s the history of this photo… at least, as much as I can remember.
One final thought: I loved that room. It was my little oasis. The gold walls, the fringy curtains… bliss.
Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. (Link)
Lately, I’ve been thinking about this…
The way I sleep is beyond recharging.
To be honest, it almost never has been. Restorative, I mean.
I am – quite often – NOT refreshed and alert when I first wake up.
Or is history rewriting itself?
I can remember, as a child, being up at the crack of dawn and gleefully roller skating down the sidewalks outside our home, much to the chagrin of our neighbors and my mother.
A whole lifetime, I guess.
I’m older … but most older folks I know prefer to sleep LESS, not more.
Or, like in the case of my husband, WANTS to sleep more but can’t.
Was I always this way? I truly WAS. I LOVED sleeping. Smart people did NOT wake me up before I was ready!
Do I actually NEED more sleep than the average person?
Or has the pandemic changed everything? I mean, for years we went nowhere. It was scary, paralyzing, and most of all … boring.
Lord, I’ve been stuck inside these four walls.
It’s beginning to sound like a country song. LOL
For so many years, we were multitasking and pushing through…
ALL OF US.
Then the whole world stopped.
For ALL OF US.
Maybe it’s not just me?
All I know is that the day is often half gone by the time I wake up. Maybe it’s time for a refresh of another kind… the kind that gets me up and out hours before my body clock wants it? The next two weeks will be a good test since I’m on days this week and visiting Mom the following week. Will two weeks make a new habit? We shall see.
Have you been more tired than usual over the last several years? Sleeping more? Less?
What are your thoughts about sleep?