Monday, November 18, 2013

Get Up....Get Up!

But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
Rejoicing in the East.
                              James Thompson


“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.


Later. 

48 comments:

  1. Your Mom is there in everything that you do!nsame here too. Those sun rises are beautiful - worth getting up for! X

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  2. Morning is my favourite time of day. I LOVE to be up when the sun rises. ;))

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  3. Good Morning B. I always love the hope that each and every sunrise brings. Its my favorite moment of the day.

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  4. I bet your mom did see the sunrise. Once a morning person, always a morning person ;-) I'm fond of the sunrise myself!

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  5. Way back when, that was when women didn't have washing machines like we do, so therefore to get their work done and their large families fed it was always early rise.....we won't go into my early rises :) but I am glad you see that sun come up. Oh, yes I do once in awhile...Hugs M xox

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  6. Oh, how well I remember those early morning wake up calls! I'm NOT a morning person, and find it so hard to get up, although I'll admit I usually do see the sunrise, and it's beautiful! Now I'm the one calling for the kids to get up, on a Sunday morning, to help us get the work done so we can get to Church on time. I'll be you Mom still does get up to see the sunrise! It's just nice to be able to go back to bed afterwards. :)

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  7. Wonderful post and photos . I check the weather to see if it is to be a sunny day then I will get up early to watch the sun rise but if not I stay in bed all cozy just that little extra longer . Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

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  8. Miss B,
    Last summer I spent 2 weeks with my folks. Mom and Dad are mostly healthy and doing well. Dad is 60; Mom will 59 the end of Feb.

    The attitude around home is a little more relaxed than I remember. Dad doesn't go out before daylight, if he can help it, and he takes a short dinner time nap.

    It is an interesting change from what I remember as a kid!

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  9. Our parents worked so hard and it DID seem as if they never slept. It seems a travesty now to complain abut working hard when we have so very much free time on our hands.

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  10. lovely post, I had a Dad that said the same thing and rose at 4 am everyday of his life-my Mom was not a morning person but then she had only me and my Dad to take care of, I rise early out of habit from him :-), it is wonderful that your Mom has such a comfortable life now, she certainly earned it, beautiful photos.

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  11. Early morning is a treat to great most days, although I fully admit on occasion I just would like a few more minutes under the covers on really cold mornings.
    Once I am out the door tending to the farm yard I enjoy the moment and take in the beauty of it all, even look for the good in the sparkle of a frozen bucket .lol

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  12. I love the mornings, it's the best part of the day, nothing has gone wrong yet (that I know about...)
    Funny, as I was lying in bed this morning before dawn, I too was thinking about my mom and all the work she had to do for our family, how she would wonder where the next meal was coming from after my dad left, and she had all those mouths to feed. She belonged to a tough generation, stoic and hard working and not inclined to complain. She was tough, I hope I got some of her strength of character.

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  13. I was never a morning person and still am not, but I wish I was! Such beautiful sunrises you captured. See what I'm missing?!! I was an only child, so I can't imagine the kind of work it takes to run such a large family, but I admire your mother very much. And you, for helping out so much.

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  14. This was beautiful! I was glued to every word....bless your Mother and all Mothers for their dedication to their families. We sooo learn from their wisdom at a very early age and don't even realize it until we become mature....Blessings~~~Roxie

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  15. a sweet post about two lovely, hardworking women. :)

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  16. Good Monday morning, Buttons! I love to see the day begin! This is another beautifully written post!

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  17. Your mom has certainly earned her sleep. I bet she did see the sunrise. My parents got up early to work on the farm when I was growing up. Now if my mother sleeps until 7 a.m., she thinks she's lazy. :-) I guess the habit just sets in. I wish I liked to get up earlier. I miss a lot of sunrises.

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  18. 5 a.m.??
    That is so early! I have to admit, I can't manage to get out of bed before 7!

    I always think of farmers getting up before dawn.

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  19. What a lovely post Buttons... fond memories of your mom and her loving care of you and your family when growing up... I miss my mom so much even now and she's been gone just shy of 27 years, she passed with I was 36... what I would give for one more day with her...

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  20. This is such a sweet post! It really does take a while for us to truly appreciate the sacrifices our parents made for us. I think you can't really appreciate it until you are an adult yourself.

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  21. Oh dear Buttons, you do my heart good! Love your way with words.

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  22. Buttons,

    I love early morning getting up with a hot cup of coffee or tea and watching the sunrise while listening to the bugs and critters making noise.

    As we get older, I think we appreciate more of what mother nature has to offer us.

    Also, I use this early morning time to do things I want to do while everyone else is sound asleep.

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  23. i love mornings before everyone is up!

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  24. That statement: "You're sleeping your life away" brought back memories for me. It's always so tempting to go back to sleep, to try to ignore the busy tasks we have to take on each new day. A sweet post.

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  25. Not only did my Mom have a lot of laundry but she didn't have electricity or running water. How about your Mom . did she have modern conveniences?

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  26. This is a dear, sweet post, B. I'm so glad to hear your Mom is in a new, secure home where she can sleep "in" whenever she wants. It sure sounds like she has earned some lazy mornings!

    Thank you for your sweet comments while I was away. You are so very kind.

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  27. It's the best time of the day. I can't see the sunrise, just the sunset, but I still enjoy the quiet solitude that only early morning can afford.

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  28. What a glorious sunrise@!!!
    I guess I was lucky to be one of the littles, rather than the big kids...

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  29. I am not a morning person
    But I loved this x

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  30. I always love seeing the sunrise and really enjoyed yours! I'm a morning person too and feel like "half the day is gone!" if I sleep until 6 AM! LOL!!

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  31. Beautiful photos of the morning you have here! It must be nice just to know you can sleep in - if you want ;)

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  32. Ah, so beautiful...words and pictures. You've captured so well the best part of the day for me, those pristine early morning hours. xo

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  33. I'm right there with you for the morning show. Such a gorgeous time of the day.

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  34. Gorgeous sunrise shots. Mornings are my favorite time of day.

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  35. "oh, what a beautiful morning!"
    you and your mom are two peas in a pod. :)

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  36. That reminiscence is so sweet. And your pictures are great.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  37. I hear my Mother uttering those same words! sheesh! Ruined me for life! ha! I still cant sleep in, even if I can. Up with the sun.

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  38. Lovely thoughts today, and gorgeous photos of the sunrise. We truly never know the sacrifices our Mother's made to raise their families until we are blessed with families of our own. I am so glad that your Mom can finally sleep in if she wants to, and so glad you chose to wake up and share your thoughts with us today. Hugs, Karen xo

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  39. This is one of my favorite things about living on our farm. :-) Getting up with the sunrise is now such a delight instead of a burden. I never thought I'd be a happy 4 a.m. riser, but I am now. :-)

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  40. When my kid was small i too have faced many difficulties. He will become active from 10 pm to 5 am then he will sleep.
    Now he has change a little bit.
    Beautiful photos of sunrise.

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  41. Buttons, I used to dislike the early mornings and now as I get older I enjoy them so much more. Maybe because I don't have to get up and go to a job. Sue

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  42. This is sweet - your mom deserves that snugly bed, but I'm guessing she still enjoys many sunrises. I'm up before the sun everyday - but not by choice, and I suspect I'm in the shower as the sun rises. sigh - I'll slow down enough to enjoy it someday...

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  43. I love mornings! A good sunrise makes my whole day. Sweet post about your mother. The older we get, the more we understand what our mothers have done for us!

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  44. I love mornings too. It does take longer to wake up as I get older, but when the energy kicks in I can sure get a lot more done. Later in the afternoon I'm not worth a plum nickle! :)

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  45. I try to pace myself ;)

    LOVE YOUR PHOTOS!

    Been thinking of you - as I delete photos ... "wwBd?" = What would Buttons do? LOL

    dont worry - only the icky ones are going byebye...

    xoxox

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  46. BOY! OH BOY!!!I SO know THOSE words... my Grandma used to tell me the same thing. And to add to the list she'd also say... "You are sleeping THE BEST part of the day away"... and I believe she was right about that because if you don't get up and out early down here you will get nothing accomplished before the sun has burned you up and sent you back inside. And yes... I got up at 4:30 this morning... my day off.

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  47. Beautiful thoughts and memories. I rarely catch a sunrise, but don't miss a sunset. I do enjoy sleeping in after all those years of having to be up before my body was ready to be awake.

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