Tuesday, August 6, 2013

If an Old Gal Wakes Up Hot (My version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)

I swear I am just like the mouse in the children's book by Laura Numeroff.  In the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which is a circular tale, if you do what the title says, 'he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll ask you for a straw." And so the tale continues, each request leading to the next. But in my life, it's not always simple things like cookies and milk with which I begin and end.

I woke up an hour ago, so HOT.  Not "hot and bothered" hot.  And no, not "peri-menopausal hot flash" hot either.  I had set the AC so it wouldn't run all night, and had neglected to open the windows. The HOUSE was hot. And here is how it went...

When the old gal's asleep, she dreams of tropical paradise. But if she wakes up, and the house is hot, she'll probably want to cool it down.  She'll open the window, but in doing so, will dismantle the curtain rod which will fall off in her hand. She'll try to fix it, and finally decide her tall son can help her when he wakes up.  She'll try to go back to bed, but her spot is still so hot that she'll have to fluff up the blankets to let in the cool.

While she leaves the bed to let it cool, she goes to the kitchen for a drink of water.  When she realizes the dishwasher needs to be emptied, she takes care of that.  She notices the stars outside the window and goes out on the porch.  The startled screech of a killdeer bird disturbs the quiet of the dark.  She pads across the deck in her bare feet, in search of a view of the open sky. She notices the dark clouds mixed with the wispy white ones, and the brilliant sparkling stars that dot the vast expanse of black sky. When she realizes she is actually not hot any more, but kind of chilly, she heads back to her room.

When she notices her laptop on top of the comforter, she decides to look at pictures she took the day before.  In the collection of pictures, there is a video.  She wonders if she could upload a video to YouTube.  She's never done anything like that before. After several attempts, she finally is able to get the video to load.

When she sees the night sky is turning to day, she realizes she will never be able to go back to sleep.  Then she realizes she is going on a little trip on this day, and she knows that sleep will not be hers this morning.  There is so much to do:  tidy the house, finish loading the car, check the mail, gas the car. Retired people like her don't need to sleep all night. She can nap whenever she wants. And when she does, she will dream of a tropical paradise.  And when she wakes up hot...and THIS time in a GOOD way, she will be sure to tell her husband!


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