while she was sleeping.

29 May

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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!

welcome to your mid-twenties!


8 Responses to “while she was sleeping.”

  1. Hannah May 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    I derived two things from this post:

    1) Happy birthday JESSICA!

    2) Jessica : Good Human Being :: Al : Horrid Bitch
    (Which were my first thoughts upon meeting you, they are now confirmed)

    • Al June 1, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      classic, morris.

  2. A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) May 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    Sleep is so over-rated.

    Consider it a good night if you catch a few winks:

    a)IN BETWEEN cleaning up after wee J and wee A threw up in their beds (was not fun or funny at the time!);
    b)IN BETWEEN lying awake thinking and worrying about things that are NOT important (what colour to paint the walls) and VERY important (genetics, babies, how to save the world and life’s other challenges);
    c)IN BETWEEN the time your teen comes in at 2:30am from a kegger and the cat jump on your head at 5am for breaky;
    d) IN BETWEEN being so hot you sweat and so cold you freeze;
    e) IN BETWEEN the manly snorting and puffing going on in the room.

    Sleep is what you do IN BETWEEN other things!! We women don’t sleep – the b’day girl’s time will come.

    • Al June 1, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      all your above statements make me exhausted. they also make me want to reconsider having children haha. xx

  3. Care May 30, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    ahhh keggers… another reason for your sleeplessness?

    I had trouble falling asleep too Al, so you are not alone!

    • Al June 1, 2011 at 10:24 am #

      i’m glad i’m not the only one out there…:)

  4. DaddyO May 31, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    its the sleeper here!! I wouldnt know what happend becuase I was asleep. Poking me really lal! hahah

    Well done sister well done! pictures are perfect lol

    love you !

    • Al June 1, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      yes…really. i mean – you were just so damn cute who wouldn’t want to poke those chubby cheeks! your cheeks are less chubby now, but you’re still just as CUTE.

      glad you enjoyed it! xo

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