This morning at five fifty six a.m. NPR radio news begins to sound beside my bed. Now this is news, but not 'news' to my brain. In fact, my brain planned this to happen. "We will get up at six," my brain declared to my body last night. So this is the plan.
Therefore when morning noise broke my rest one would think my brain would say, "Okay body, this is a good thing. I direct you to get up." But oh no. My brain recants the plan and begins the negotiation.
"OOOOOOOOH. NO. PLEASE. I will not let you get up. I will not allow it. Hand, go press the snooze button." And the obedient slave does as it is told.
Six O'nine. Brain, "Just be late today. Say you are sick. Say you were on your way to work and you came upon an old man with a broken leg and possible scurvy and you drove him to emergency, much like the morally superior Samaritan." Then, "Okay, well if not that, at least hit the snooze button." And the obedient slave does as it is told.
Six twenty five. Brain, "Get up if you must. But come home at noon and sleep. Sleep all afternoon. Work 'at home.'Put an inflatable woman in the chair at your desk. It is summer. No one will notice."
My body finally wrestled my brain to the mat. The shower was good, and a morning coffee on the porch (shortened today by the wasted time in bed), lovely.
My brain is still at it. "Skip Jazzercise tonight. Take me home to bed."
Clearly my brain has a mind of its own.
Best comment, from Sarah - in case you don't look at them:
I live this post every morning! The newly awakened brain has an entirely different rationality from the brain at bedtime. Often it can be coaxed out of bed with the promise of a nap that rarely actually happens, because while cunning, my sleepy brain is also quite gullible...HAH!