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SoCS — Night owls and Morning People

Badge by: Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

Badge by: Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

 

This post is part of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday”  Click on the link to read all the SoCS wonderfulness!

Today (which will be done for me in 34 minutes so I better hurry!) Linda gave us “opposites” as a prompt. The fact that I am still awake at 11:26 makes me think of an opposite that I deal with every day. My mother and I have always been night owls. Always. Maybe it’s a learned behavior or maybe it’s genetic, but either way, I have always been able to do stuff in the middle of the night. When I was growing up, my dad went to bed at 9:30 or so, snored loudly, and then got up and started doing things at 5:00 or 5:30. I’m not sure what things exactly, probably just reading the paper, going through the bills, that sort of thing, I’m really not sure. I suppose I could ask him. Maybe I should. My mom would get up around 7 and take care of things like making coffee. Breakfast was never a big deal in our house. Usually there was toast or cereal. When I was pretty young, my mom had a batch of sourdough starter that she’d made using her dad’s recipe. (I never knew my Papaw, but he has a really cool history, part of which is having been a chuckwagon cook!) Anyway, on Sundays she’d have to feed the sourdough, and while she was at it, she made sourdough pancakes. She made shapes out of them sometimes, like Mickey mouse or a rabbit or a smiley face. They were delicious! I think that she had the starter just for making pancakes because I never remember her making bread from it.

Anyway, back to the “opposites.” So I inherited, in one way or another, my mother’s propensity for staying up late. She didn’t discourage me in this: she’d make late night snacks sometimes, or we’d stay up playing Scrabble or doing crosswords or some other kind of word games. So now, I do a lot of my writing at night, or I do my French homework, or I read. I can concentrate better for certain things when it’s quiet and everyone is in bed.

My husband prefers to go to bed early, although not as early as my dad always did. If the two of us have this opposite between us, then maybe we’re a little like my parents. Since they celebrated their 60th anniversary last summer, maybe that’s not as bad a thing as we might think sometimes!

But…(shhhh, don’t tell my husband this part) my mother always told me that she thought true morning people were probably from a “bent branch” of the genetic tree…not that it made her love my dad any less for it! 🙂

 

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16 Responses to “SoCS — Night owls and Morning People”

  1. summerstommy2

    Oh dear I am so like your dad, go to bed early, though I may not always sleep but i do get up early. I enjoyed your post jetgirl isn’t it good to discover stuff about your families from past times. Well done.

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  2. agnes

    Désolée pour la citation malencontreusement mal écrite: il fallait lire: ” Je suis de mon enfance comme d’un pays”.

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  3. Deborah Drucker

    My husband gets up early as well. I am the night owl. I do not have much energy in the morning. Getting up at 7 am is still early in my book. Sourdough pancakes sound delicious.

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    • jetgirlcos

      That’s probably true. When I do get up early and I actually go out and go to the gym first thing, for instance, I am much more motivated to get stuff done, but if I get up early and sit around in my pjs with a book…well, I’m lucky to get “started” by noon, which totally makes getting up early a waste of time 😉

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  4. Sandi

    I am also a night owl married to an early bird: I come from a family of mostly night owls, while his family all rises early — unless they’re at the beach, when they sleep in. (This drives me crazy, since we all have fair skin and need to stay out of the sun during the middle of the day.) I used to do my best writing at night, but now I find morning may be best because my husband is usually off to work while my kids sleep in: then it is quiet.

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    • jetgirlcos

      My work schedule is so crazy that the only time I can reliably say is “mine” with no distractions is that time between about 10:30pm and midnight. thanks for reading and commenting!

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    • jetgirlcos

      Merci 🙂 elles sont délicieuses. J’en ai goûté une ce matin. Je vais écrire quelque chose aujourd’hui sur ce sujet. oui, en effet tu es un vrai “oiseau de nuit” ! 🌛

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