Slice of Life #20 Challenge Day 6/31:
I had had a telephone conversation with a good friend. I had written a few lines of gratitude in my notebook. I had read my daily entry in Mark Nepo's The Book of Awakening. After my long day, including three hours of parent teacher conferences following a full day of school, I was ready to retire. Turning off my nightside lamp, I situated my covers and practiced a few deep cleansing breaths. It was quiet. I closed my eyes, confident that tonight I would get a good night's sleep. Even as an adult, nightly routines are so important to me.
Not even one minute must have passed when I heard some odd sounds:
Startled, my eyes flung open.
What is happening?
Is someone or something trying to get into my house?
What large bedroom object could I use for self-defense?
My anxious mind spooled.
Creeping over to my eastern window, I cautiously peered out from one slat of the plastic window blind.
Branches whipped windows/
Tall evergreen bent, hunched now./
Corner street sign swayed.
It's just a windy night, I reassured myself. I can go to sleep.
Breathing a sigh of relief, I returned to my bed, pulling my log cabin scrap quilt tight around my body.
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