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Topic: Husband and Wife (08/08/14)
TITLE: The Evil Beep
By Shari Armstrong
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But, when the honeymoon was over, it was really over. We came home and started going through our wedding gifts and using them. Including The Evil Beep. It was, ironically, something we had asked for when we registered for our gifts, as the one I had was on its last legs. We hit our rude awakening, or rather I did, when we started using our his and hers dual alarm clock. But little did I know how much I'd come to hate it.
You see, since I was 13 years old, I had used the same clock radio every morning. I'd wake up to a click and them my favorite radio station gently reminding me that I had to get up and going. Sometimes I didn't even hear the music, because the radio station wouldn't come in quite right (usually because my cat stepped on it and moved the volume button), and the click would be enough to wake me up. Not my husband. He had to use the beeping setting...every...seven...minutes. For an hour.
He was blessed with the ability to drift back to sleep in between those nagging noises. Me? I'm a light sleeper (also known as an undiagnosed insomniac), so I end up laying there for awhile, attempting to sleep, knowing that 99% of the time it's not going to happen. I have trouble falling asleep, and staying asleep, so now not only was I awake off and on during the night, I was losing an hour in the mornings, too.
But, once in awhile, I have dozed off. Those are usually the times when he's still asleep walking across the room to hit the snooze and accidentally hits the off button. That's when the clock became his and his. I had to set up a back up alarm for him thirty minutes later, just in case. I started using my cell phone as a third Evil Beep for myself and as another back up for him, because he's even been known to hit the off button on the second one, as well.
But, I've learned over the years to use The Evil Beep time. I'll get out of bed partway through and pack my husband's lunch. And then, I started using en ebook version of the Bible to read my daily devotions without having to turn on the light. This way, he could continue his snoozing before leaving for work and I didn't feel like I was wasting time tossing and turning. It was about the only quiet time during the day, since the kids were all still asleep (even when they were still in our room as babies, they would somehow always manage to sleep through The Evil Beep).
The most important thing I have learned is that even with as much as I hate The Evil Beep, he hates it even more. He's not a morning person, obviously, but he loves me more than he loves his sleep. He goes to work every day, most of the time now before it is even light out. He works hard to take care of our family.
Recently, we had the alarm set for our Sunday afternoon nap, before going back over to church for the evening service. We both were up before it started its nagging call, just relaxing and enjoying a somewhat quiet afternoon (while the kids played in the living room), but hadn't turned it off yet. Our oldest daughter came in to ask us something, as she sat on the edge of the bed. The Evil Beep went off, scared her, and she about fell off the bed. My husband and I laughed and he told her, “I know how you feel.”
We both look forward to the day when we will no longer need The Evil Beep every day and take a sledge hammer to it. Our daughter will probably want to help.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Ephesians 5:25
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