To Sleep Now

I’ve been blessed with good sleep genes. I sleep so easily and so well that I hesitate to take a sleeping pill, in case I wouldn’t wake up for a long time. My favorite story about this is when I had the operation on my ear to have a prosthesis put into it to vibrate so I can hear well. It was done as outpatient but of course I was admitted to hospital first and given a bed. After the operation, which was very successful, I was taken to the bed and soon the nurse came to me with a pill. I always ask what the pill is for, and that’s been a good idea to do that. This pill was a sleeping pill. I said I didn’t need a sleeping pill. She said that the doctor wanted me to take it. I asked her to tell the doctor that I didn’t need a pill to sleep but if he insisted, I would take it. She left the room with the pill. On the way home, late that afternoon, I said to Marlin, “The nurse never came back to tell me what the doctor said about taking the sleeping pill.” He said, “Oh, yes she did, but you were asleep!” No sleeping pills for me! And I’m grateful.
I remember my Grandma Emma who was 60 when I was born. She would sit right up front in church and she would fight sleep in front of God and everyone. Her head would fall forward and she would jerk awake for a few minutes and do it again. We would tease her about sleeping in church and she would say that she was “resting” her eyes, not sleeping.
Then some years later, my dad was nodding off during church service, —morning services, too, when I thought he should be well rested. My dad could fall asleep while he was talking! He would speak slower and slower and then he would be gone. Many times our family devotions would end when Dad fell asleep while he was praying aloud!
Now it’s my turn to be sleepy during church, but I’ve discovered that if I write while I listen to the sermon, I can focus on writing and on the sermon and I don’t get sleepy.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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