Musings: First Sights

Today’s topic is: “What is the first thing you see in the morning?”

The truth is it depends on where I sleep.

Most nights, I get to sleep in the queen bed I share with my loving husband, in our first-floor bedroom. It is comfortably soft and we have worked out a custody agreement about the covers, so it’s all good.

The first thing I see when I roll out of bed is a stack of toys that have been snuck out of regular circulation¬†but haven’t yet found their way into storage under the bed. It would take about 30 seconds to rearrange the other boxes in order to make room, but who has the time?


On other nights, however, I sleep in the ‘guest bed’ upstairs in the girl’s room. Well, it used to be the queen-sized bed that guests slept in (when the girls were sleeping downstairs with us), but now the frame and box spring are propped against the wall and it is just an extra-firm mattress on the floor, pushed into the corner of the room. Our 3-year-old daughter Cambria sleeps there, instead of in her canopied ‘big girl bed’ which she inherited from her paternal grandmother. And on nights that I sleep upstairs, our 2-year-old daughter Maggie often joins us on the guest mattress, instead of in her nearby crib. In order for the three of us to fit, and make sure that neither of the girls rolls off the edge, I must sleep in the middle, with my feet hanging off the long side of the mattress.

So the first thing I see when I wake up is a room full of empty beds and two preschoolers huddling under the small blanket that attempted to partially cover me overnight.


What is your morning experience? Share in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook


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