Unwrapping the gift of interruption (early morning)


“The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day…”

C.S. Lewis

“Still too early, bud, still too early, go back and snuggle with Daddy,” I half-whisper to him, shooing him back into our bed where he loves to sleep best. He had just stumbled into my office again during my early-morning writing time, hand shielding his sleepy eyes from the bright light.

He’s never been an early riser, but he has always, since the tiniest infant, wanted to be close. He co-slept more than his sister or brother ever did, actually sleeping better between us than in his own bed. When he’s having trouble transitioning or angry about my instruction, stopping for a moment to embrace him melts his defenses at least a little. Until recently, he wanted to constantly touch, touch, touch.

He’s never woken as early as his sister always does, but lately, it’s been around 6 a.m. The funny thing is that he really could sleep for another two hours — and he would, if I were there next to him. He can’t get used to my morning writing routine, so he climbs into my lap once I let him, sweetly whining that “I just want to play with you” or “I just want to be with you.” How do you deny that kind of request?

But I know this time I spend early, inviting the muse, before the distraction of the day, is as vital to me as sleep is to him, so I send him back out, for now, promising to snuggle later, to play soon, to be with him fully after I’ve written what I need to write.

But I know it won’t always be so, and his needs will change with age. He won’t always climb into my lap and say so plainly that he needs a little dose of me. He won’t wake up early just to be close. He won’t prefer my company over all others. (Well, most others. Grandma’s a pretty strong draw.)

So I’ll unwrap the gift of interruptions and the quirks and needs and requests that come with them. These are fleeting times. I don’t want to miss the interruptions.

I’m linking up at Chatting at the Sky today for Tuesdays Unwrapped. Join me there and unwrap more of today’s little gifts.

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5 comments on “Unwrapping the gift of interruption (early morning)

  1. Kimberly says:

    >The CS Lewis quote is one of my all time favorites. Mothering means learning to embrace the interruptions, something I still struggle with.

    Glad to find you here. Thanks for popping in on my blog today:)

  2. Callie says:

    >I love this post because a very similar scene unfolds at my house each morning. I too get up early to write and my oldest comes out as soon as she sees the light pouring in from the kitchen. I feel guilty telling her it's too early, but reading your post made me see that it is important to write "what I need to write." So thank you for sharing a scene from your life because it has helped mine.
    (stopping by from Chatting at the Sky)

  3. reimaginedtreasures.blogspot.com says:

    >I too love this quote, but often find it hard to change my focus away from what I am doing TO the interruption. What you said about knowing it will one day be different is True! My 2 both moved out this summer. I was dreading "empty nest", and it has changed. Now I get to stop and take the phone calls—they can't even see if they are interrupting me! Ha! I am SO grateful that those calls come frequently!

  4. redemptionsbeauty says:

    >I think about this now as my son still wants me to tuck him at night. I know that the day will come when he won't want me to do it anymore so, when I am exhausted from a full day I do it with a thankful heart.

  5. Maureen@Loving this Life says:

    >Great quote and great post. I often struggle with the interruptions too, but it does help me to remember the big picture and that time goes by so quickly. I like your perspective of being thankful for the interruptions. Good to visit you from Tuesdays Unwrapped.