Blizzard Bliss…Or Was It?

During the Blizzard of 2011, Jim and I had an opportunity to experience something that has not happened very often during our marriage. We woke up together in our bed. At the same time.

Usually, Jim is up and out the door long before the sun even rises. He’s off and running (literally) while I am able to slowly wake up. At my leisure. All alone. In silence. The only one I normally encounter in the morning is Aaron. And that’s for a minimal amount of time.

So I was excited to wake up with Jim. We could cuddle and talk. Like normal married people all over the world.

What I didn’t take into account were two important variables:

  1. I am not a morning person.
  2. Jim is prepared to talk a lot upon waking.

The blizzard dumped inches and inches of snow on our home. The sun rose. I opened my eyes…and there was Jim’s smiling face. Suddenly, the smiling face I adore wasn’t quite so sunny. He was smiling. Loudly. Ok, you’re wondering how someone can smile loudly, I don’t think I can explain it. Maybe it was the anticipation of the speaking that was sure to follow the smile.

Long ago and much earlier in our marriage, I used to wake up when Jim did. And he would amuse me with themed jokes. For ten, fifteen minutes he would rattle off a series of bad puns and jokes. About cats. Or the weather. This was adorable when we were first married. Alas, the novelty wore off and I began sleeping through his morning routine.

It had been years, but Jim was prepared with his morning comedy routine. I, however, wanted blissful silence. So I could go back to sleep if I wanted. I didn’t have to get up. There was a blizzard; I wasn’t going anywhere. There was no silence. I believe there was poking involved. Poking as in I’m-not-touching-you pseudo-poking.

I rolled over. Jim leaned closer. He told some jokes. I didn’t laugh. I managed to return to sleep. Jim went to tell the snow jokes as he battled the blizzard.

I hope I become more of a morning person before we have an opportunity to do this again. I don’t want to stifle Jim’s comedic aspirations.

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