Friday, November 4, 2011

Eight AM

Sunlight filters through the blinds.  A cat stretches languidly at the foot of the bed.  The morning news provides a background in the quiet room.

The baby rolls over, covering his face with the comforter.  His kicking feet disturb my slumber and I cover my head with a pillow.

In the crayon-blue kids' room, Daddy and daughter sleep intertwined on the beat-up beige couch.  Toddler beds lay empty as Oswald blares on the TV.

T is sprawled across Grandma's bed, wrapped up in the giant fleece blanket.  More cats jockey for position in the windows.

The quiet house stands ready for the day to begin.

This post was written in response to this week's Red Writing Hood prompt from Write on Edge.  This week we asked you to give us 8:00 -AM or PM, fiction or creative non-fiction- but 8:00. In 200 words or less.

Write On Edge: Red-Writing-Hood


  1. It's like the "calm before the storm" huh?

    Great post!

    nicole -

  2. I love being awake in a house full of sleeping bodies! That rarely happens, though. Usually someone's up before 6am.

  3. I could see, hear and even smell your house, the news and Oswald on, you all just waking up...slowly steadily.

    it was beautifully written :)

  4. The last few moments of peace like a "simmering volcano just before it erupts"...

  5. So peaceful...but you know that any second chaos will erupt. That's just life with kids and cats :)

  6. You evoke memories with this story for me. Those moments in between the chaos of everyday life, especially the wake-up moments. I loved your descriptions. Thanks for sharing this story.

  7. I love the way everyone is scattering throughout in different rooms!

    "house stands ready" is a particularly excellent turn of a phrase!

    Barbara @ derebus(dot)net/home, via WoE

  8. I adored that image of the Crayon blue room, the sweetness of father and daughter.

    A lovely capture.

  9. The Crayon-blue room is such great imagery! Also, I love the sense of peace, even with TV on. Bliss!

  10. Where is this peaceful morning place, and how do I get there?

    The father-daughter snoozers in the blue room with blue Oswald is a very clear and tender image.

  11. I love this slice of morning totally and completely captured with sights and sounds.

    The crayon blue and the empty beds details are especially perfect- love!

  12. Sounds like a nice peaceful morning!

  13. Thank you all for the comments! I love it when I wake up and no one else in the house is awake. I get a few moments of peace and quiet before I actually have to get out of bed and take care of people.