Thursday, August 26, 2010

Not a Morning Person

I am not grouchy in the mornings.

My husband, a morning person, will disagree, but since we seldom take his word for anything, let’s move on.

Okay, I’ll admit, I used to be grouchy in the mornings. That was because people did not respect my need for quiet. Nowadays with just the two of us in the house, my morning-world is quieter, as God intended. If you try to converse with me, you’ll get my blank stare. I’m not crabby; it’s just that the words are deflecting off the sleep-shield surrounding my brain, and the only way to lower the shield is to prime me with coffee.

Not-morning-personitis is a generational thing. The morning after their wedding day, my father greeted my mother with, “Good morning!” She opened one eye and growled, “What’s good about it?” I’ve been known to say that if I knew I was never going to feel better than I do when I first wake up, I’d never wake up. One of my daughters told me, “I don’t care if it’s a list of things you’re giving me for Christmas, I don’t want to hear it in the morning.”

On a house-rental vacation with a sister, we got up the first morning, got our coffee, and my husband, she and I all retreated to comfy chairs in silence to read, watch TV, sit with a blank stare until the gears began to turn. After an hour or so, we began to speak. The next morning was the same. When her husband arrived that day, she greeted him with, “It’s been wonderful. We get up and nobody talks!” Guess who’s a morning person?

Do you live with your opposite? How does that happen, anyway? How about you? Morning person? Night person? I’d love to know—after I’ve had my coffee.


  1. Acchhh! Yes. I am SO not a morning person, and neither is my sister. My husband, on the other hand, wakes up with the sun and can't understand why I don't want to "enjoy the fresh new day with him."

  2. I'm a morning person--always have been. I get up and drink coffee and read the paper while Vicki sleeps. By the time she's up, I'm finished with the paper and busy exercising. It works very well for us. Being a morning person doesn't necessarily mean being a talkative morning person.

  3. My daughter and I are not morning persons. My husband however, is. A. Hugely. Annoying. Morning. Person.

    When he starts on us, we give him something to do, something like take the garbage outside. Then we locked all the doors.

  4. I am only a morning person on certain days in the fall when I happen to feel like going out for a long walk. Otherwise - not.

  5. Uh oh! Did we talk to you too soon when we spent the weekend in the mountains? I don't remember, but then talk in the morning doesn't bother me. I am a morning person...once I get up! I'm perfectly OK sleeping in, too. I can talk or not talk. No big deal.