Friday, August 1, 2014

Before the Day Begins

So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
Genesis 2:21-22  (NIV)

I can feel him breathing next to me, in the dark and comfort of the bed he made from redwood rails and wrought-iron trellises.  It is not the deep-sleep breath of slumber, and I know that he, like me, is already awake.  It is early and the day is ready to hold us in arms of hustle and bustle.  It is early and I push my back deeper into the mattress trying to capture some few last moments of rest.  I can feel him breathing next to me, and I know that he knows.  We are awake.  Again.  Before the alarm.

Too soon we will hear the rooster crow.  Too soon we will throw off the dreams and sighs of the night and face forward to a new day.  Too soon we will fill our cups with steaming coffee, fragrant coffee.  His will be black; I take mine with cream, thank you.  Too soon he will put the uniform on, the zippered, velcroed uniform with his name and the flag and the pins and the badges.  Too soon he will be official again, and will walk with the measured step and straight back.  Too soon I will feel his goodbye kiss on my lips.  Fleeting warmth, already a memory.

I can feel him breathing next to me.  I reach over and press my body into his.  Hip to hip, knee to knee, spooning; I store up the feel of him next to me like a miser.  I know that he is awake; we melt into each other in the early before dawn.  Before the alarm.  Before the day begins.

Linking with 5-Minute Friday

It's only five minutes with a prompt.  What you start with is what you get because there's no time to change your mind.  Lisa Jo Baker has been hosting this link-up for a lot longer than I've been blogging.  This week she is passing the baton to Kate Motaung.  The prompt is "Begin".


  1. I so enjoyed reading your thoughts on what happens...before the alarm. I've been to your site before, and appreciate your words. Please keep writing.
    Your FMF neighbor

    1. Thank you, Michelle. Your words are an encouragement. My husband and I enjoy the humor of the fact that we are both awake before the alarm most mornings - our bodies have been well trained. It goes off at 3:40 (ugh!). Neither of us want those before-alarm moments to end...

  2. Beautiful, Janet. Has me dreaming for that day mine is lying next to me again. Blessings to you. So nice to be coming here frequently again. :) xoxo

    1. Hi Beth,
      There are good reasons to hang onto these moments and store them up as memories - just so we can dream, right? I hope your hubby is scheduled to come home soon?? Yes, it's nice to 'entertain' visitors again. I am glad you stopped by. Hugs. :)


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