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Topic: At Wit’s End (02/13/14)
- TITLE: Sleepless
By Linda Buskirk
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It seemed I had been awake more than asleep all night. Why does this always happen in hotel rooms? I set the thermostat to 72 - that's warmer than my house. But the chill in my feet, legs and arms stubbornly lingered, blocking all possibilities of relaxation and sound sleep.
The reason for the dilemma is obvious. My hot husband is not here. He is good looking and I love him, but the hot attribute I am missing now is body heat. It radiates from him even when our bodies don't touch. He lets me put my icy toes on his calves and ahhhh, relief. But I'm on the road for business and he's snug at home keeping all that heat to himself.
Maybe if I turn for the 89th time and readjust the pillows and pull the covers tighter... Where is that extra blanket? Oh, I forgot. There is no extra blanket! I tilt my head to look again at the alarm clock. 4:30. Good grief. Have I been tossing and turning with my mind running for another half hour?
Try repeating those Bible verses you've memorized, I suggest to myself.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want..." When I get to paths of righteousness I start thinking about my travel in the morning and the report I need to finish, and that I forgot to print my boarding passes. I wonder, will I ever be brave enough to send those passes electronically to my phone? How's that work, anyway? Do I need an app? Where is my phone? Did I plug it in to the charger?
I shoot my hand out from under the covers and pat around on the night stand until I find my phone. Good, it's plugged in. Maybe I should take a quick look at email. Wait. Rats. Exposing my arm to the cold night air was a mistake. Now I have to get up. No, that's ridiculous. I just went to the bathroom around 2. Surely I can wait another hour. Don't think about it.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." God, I really need to sleep. Please. I am at my wit’s end here. "And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Peace, warmth. Peace. Oh, for crying out loud. Okay, fine. I will go to the bathroom. I'll never get to sleep if I don't.
Yipes! That marble floor is freezing! Now my feet are cold. Where are those socks? On they go and I drop back into bed. I search for that peace, and I think I find it. Maybe it's just exhaustion, but whatever, it seems to be staying. I am so sleepy....
BUZZ. BUZZ. BUZZ. What?! Already?! Okay, up and at 'em. Tonight, I will sleep with Mr. Hot.
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