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A Surprise Awakening

It was the perfect nap. The house was quiet. The baby was sleeping. The early afternoon light coming through my bedroom window was that soft bluish gray that makes me fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow. I had cranked up the thermostat and piled an extra quilt on my bed so I was starting to slow cook in the little cocoon I had built. I love slow cooking. I could fill the heat coming from my sleeping four year old daughter who likes to curl up at the small of my back.




This was a weird dream. I could swear someone was tapping my shoulder and calling my name. A little voice. A soft voice. It must be a dream because if one of my kids were trying to wake me up it would be more of a, “MOOOOOOOOM!” only louder and more “O”’s.


Hmmm. I started wondering if it really was part of my dream. I tried to open my eyes, but I could only open the eyes of my dream self. That Kim was wide awake, but couldn’t seem to make the connection to rouse the sleeping Kim.



I could feel my eyes slowly and painfully start to open. Through tunnel vision I could see blonde curls and blue eyes peaking over the top of my bed. And then I felt that little poke on my shoulder again.


“Kim. Can we please borrow some vanilla.”

Yep. Definitely not one of my kids. Even though Anna was calling me “Kim” all day yesterday, I know if she were to ask for some vanilla it would be followed by “ice-cream” or “pudding”, and after that there would be a twirl, a bow, a salute, and the word (words?) “M’Lady”.

I somehow gained enough control over my voice to yell, “Luca!! Go get Emma the vanilla!”

“Thanks, Kim!”

As the cute little neighbor girl left my bedroom to get the vanilla I chuckled as I slipped back into my coma.

  • So cute.
    I have enough of my own kids waking me up. Glad the neighbors stay away.

  • I love this, Kim. Oooh, I should turn off this blessed computer and go slow cook. M’Lady.

  • As grumpy as I would be for somebody waking me up, this young lady sounds cute enough to get a free pass.

  • That “tween sleep and awake is a funny place to be, isn’t it? Little Blondie is lucky you didn’t wake up kicking a Kung-fu.

  • Maria

    Gotta love those neighbors! Hi kim I made my blog private so send me your email and I will shoot you back an invite.

  • whim

    Maria – I definitely love those neighbors! I am very lucky and the cute little squirt can come wake me up anytime!

  • Cindy Larkin

    Oh my gosh! That is so funny. My little neighbor boy walked in on me yesterday while I was have a relaxing bath…not so relaxing after that.

  • Maryanne

    Adorable. She must have needed that vanilla pretty bad to be so persistent in waking you up!

  • Jana

    LOL! That is so funny. I’m not sure that I would have been so calm, and nice about things. I think i inherrited my fathers sleep waking grouchiness. I’m not a morning person, and if I axually take a nap, you better beleive that I needed it, and leave me alone. 🙂