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Monday, September 28, 2009

The Fog of Sleep

The fog of sleep evaporated quickly as the sunlight hit his eyes.

Punchy. Just the way I like a story to open. Good thing I wrote it <smile>.

But this morning the fog of sleep clung to me like a soaked wool sweater that had been wrapped with duct tape. My alarm clock had disrupted one of my REM cycles, and that is as close to waking up "on the wrong side of the bed" as you can get. So, really, they should have phrased it "waking up in the middle of a REM cycle" ...but they didn't ask me.

To make matters worse, I didn't have a pretty face to wake up to either. And Brittany is still out of town.

For as much as I love pattern, consistency, routine, it sure gets disrupted a lot. And it's not just me. I read a post this morning from someone who had one of those days and ended up calling it quits on schooling by noon.

Thankfully, homeschooling lets us do that.

Remember, as Judy and Kelly have said often: Your schedule is a tool, not a taskmaster. And homeschooling gives you the opportunity to adjust your schedule to fit your current situation.

Next time you feel like smashing your alarm for disrupting your REM cycle, remember that it too is a tool and the fog of sleep will eventually evaporate. That's not to say a shower or cup of coffee wouldn't help it dissipate faster...

And as the fog lifts, may you have a great day learning and growing with your children!

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Missy said...

Thank you for the insight and reminder. I am contemplating changing our school schedule to the afternoon instead of first thing in the morning.

Luke Holzmann said...

May you find what works for your family, Missy! First thing in the morning is sometimes just not optimal <smile>.


Unknown said...

I just discovered a couple weeks ago that waking the kids at 9 instead of 8 (which is an hour before school starts) works much, much better. And, strangely, they still finish school at the same time as they used to. It just takes an hour less.


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