That extra hour

Jumping out of bed is a necessity of care giving. There are no true “days off.” There are routines to keep and needs to meet.

I’m an early riser. I’m usually sharper in the morning. Along with the various chores, it is a time when I pray, think, read and generally enjoy the (relative) quiet.

Lately, I’ve been turning off the alarm and going back to bed. Sometimes I grab an extra half hour. Sometimes an entire hour. A couple of weeks ago I really overslept and had to hurry to feed Joey and get him on his bus.

I can’t remember the last true “sleep in” day I enjoyed, so these stolen minutes seem luxurious. And the chores get done and the world doesn’t spin off its axis.

Caregivers always walk a fine line between responsibility and carry-the-world-on-our-shoulders-kind-of-crazy. The reality is that the world doesn’t need the latter from us:

It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:3)

Take that extra hour. It’s yours.

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