But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
Rejoicing in the East.
“You’re going to be late” “You’re sleeping your life away” “Get Up” I remember those words piercing my dreams most every morning while growing up especially those cold days in that crowded house on a school day or those weekends when you certainly knew that you did not have to go to school but still had to get up to help take care of little ones and possibly help Mom with the laundry, there always seemed to be so much laundry. I resented getting out of bed and constantly dreamed of the day that I would be able to sleep in and stay snuggled in a nice warm bed as long as I wanted.
I was convinced even back then that my poor Mom never slept because I honestly do not remember her going to bed nor getting out of bed, I to this day wonder how she did that. I know she must have been exhausted with all those children running around, the constant cooking, cleaning, and tending to the needs of the babies and laundry oh so much laundry. I admire this now and truly did not really appreciate that commitment and dedication to her family until I had moved out and was able to sleep in those mornings as long as I wanted without a care in the world. I wonder if she dreamed of that day. I do know that she can sleep in if she wants to now. That was a very long time to wait.
I am sitting here this Saturday Morning it is 5 a.m. I know I could be snuggled in my nice warm bed with those covers tucked under my chin with my head resting on that pillow and dream about pretty sunrises but I can still hear those words “You’re sleeping your life away” “Get Up” so I sit at this kitchen table with a coffee and wait till the sunrise shows us what she has to offer, something I truly could not miss. I rise early every morning knowing there will be a different show. Could this be the secret my Mom knew?
The other morning while visiting Mom’s new home and while sitting at her beautiful big window with the southern exposure, we talked about the view and how nice it was to sit in the sun absorbing its heat, I asked her if she had seen the beautiful sunrise that morning…. her answer ”Well yes I did”. I have no idea if she truly did or not but I do know that now she can sleep snuggled in her bed as long as she wants. Her laundry is done for her, there will be no more cooking meals for others, nor feeding babies or constantly taking care of the demands of her children or loving husband, there is no need to do anything she does not want to do and her life is good. I think about that “You’re sleeping your life away” statement and I realize now that this is not true but I do know that I do crave that early morning show. Enjoy those sleepy mornings Mom you deserve it.
The sun creeps slowly above the clouds and its brilliant light grabs and holds tight everything that had been waiting and I watch those cows meandering around still looking for those sprouts of grass below. I finally pull myself up from my front row seat of the best show on earth and head downstairs to throw in that load of laundry and to get my busy day started with my head filled with memories that I will never forget. Thanks Mom.