Every morning, my alarm goes off around 4:05. Yes, it's early, but it's my chance to enjoy the peace and quiet that the early morning affords me and to slowly wake myself up with coffee and nice tall glass of water. Without fail, I usually hit the snooze button at least once. This morning I am fairly certain that I hit it twice. My alarm clock is old, almost as old as I am (I can't believe that I just alluded to the fact that I am getting old, but I will let it be). Some of the pieces are missing, but it still keeps excellent time and while the beep of the alarm is not quite as jarring as it used to be, it still does the job 99.99% of the time. So this morning, after I hit the snooze button a second time, I was surprised to hear the alarm going off again sooner than the 9 extra minutes it usually allows. It took me a few seconds to hear what the alarm was actually doing and in my half asleep mind, it thought it was weird that the alarm was saying, "mommy daddy", "mommy daddy". A few more repetitions of that and reality sunk in that it was not my alarm going off, but our daughter standing in the middle of the room saying "mommy daddy", "mommy daddy" and slowly getting louder each time she said it. I pretended to be asleep in hopes that my wife would get up and see what she needed. Well, she did, and tried to get our daughter to climb into our bed with us and go back to sleep. However, our daughter being extremely stubborn and two years old, wanted to go downstairs and wanted nothing to do with going back to bed. So she leaned over and said, "Since your getting up anyway, how about taking our daughter downstairs."
How could I really argue. My alarm had started going off and I should be the one getting up and going downstairs with her. I just wanted a few more minutes of sleep and wished as I was pulling myself out of bed that our daughter had a snooze button on her. Yet, she doesn't and probably never will. So instead of writing this morning, I got to spend it with our daughter which is always enjoyable. And as I am writing now, I realize I may not be writing tomorrow morning either. It all depends on when I get up as I am planning on heading out in my kayak nice and early. I figure if I hit the river around 6/630, I can get in a good couple of hours before returning home and heading to work for the day. We shall see what happens. For now, it is a return to work for me and time to plan what I am going to do for the rest of the afternoon after I finish work for the day. Cheers everyone!