i have never been able to fall asleep easily. when i was a little kid i would sit up at night rehashing the day and worrying about possible tornadoes, roaming serial killers and tiny murderous clowns on miniature motorbikes. needless to say i spent many nights wishing sleep would find me.
and yet while i laid awake night after night, my sister would hop into bed and be out like a light.
finally one night enough was enough: wee al decided she wanted to find out how the heck her little sister was falling asleep so fast.
so i waited until my parents disappeared (to wherever parents disappear to when their young children are deemed asleep…) quietly slipped out of my bed and tip-toed across the gold shag carpet into my sister’s room. i inched closer to the edge of her bed and just watched, trying to discern her secret…
finally, i saw it: she was oh-so-subtly wiggling!
back and forth, to and fro the little minx was quietly shaking herself to sleep. brilliant, i thought! so i rushed back into my room, climbed up on my white metal bed and began shaking myself to sleep. shake shake shake….shake shake shake…shake. shake…
yah, it didn’t work.
now i was tired and angry. i had been cheated and i knew that my little sister had to pay for it. so once again i quietly snuck back across the hall, peaked up over her bed and steadily began poking her. after a few minutes, upon realizing my prodding was yielding no reaction, i held her nose shut. (we have mouths for a reason people.)
but still nothing happened! the girl was so deeply asleep that even the most barbaric of practices couldn’t wake her. so, i waved my white flag and shamefully crawled back to my room for another night of sleeplessness.
and gosh darn it, to this day i still have not found the secret to easy slumber while my sister continues forwad with no issues. now, in my “more logical” adult-dom, i have decided that maybe her sleep secret goes a little deeper than just subtle shaking…
no one would argue that my sister is consistently giving, caring and kind, so, i truly believe that at the end of each day she just has less to worry about than i do. she’s beyond good to everyone in her life and loves those around her to the fullest and it’s because of this that i know she finds peaceful sleep a cinch.
and really – despite my continued annoyance at laying awake night after night – who could ask for more than a sibling who reminds you to be better everyday.
so, dear sister, on this special day i wish you another 25 years of finding quick slumber. happy birthday!