When I first returned home from the hospital, I decided to sleep in my recliner rather than try getting into and out of bed. That just seemed like too much work at the time.
I have always been a good sleeper but for some reason I was usually awake around 1:30 AM. I’m sure the water pill I take has nothing to do with it.
Anyway, after my trip I don’t usually settle back to sleep immediately. As I sat in the recliner I looked at the sights around me and listened to the sounds of the house…sounds that are always there just heightened at this time of morning.
The first sound I am aware of is the loud click as the lamp on the timer turns off at 1:30. This plunges me into darkness until my eyes readjust to their surroundings. It is then I notice three colored lights. One red. One white. One blue.
The red light tells me that the TV is turned off. The white is just the clock on out Comcast box. the blue lets me know that the box is receiving power.
I then hear a sound that is constantly there yet amplified during these early morning hours. It is the battery operated clock ticking away the seconds in the kitchen. Tick…tick…each one precise. Hopefully I won’t hear too many of them before I fall asleep.
In the quiet of the night a lone vehicle travels the road in front of our house. Usually this roadway is heavily traveled during the day, but at this time traffic is sparse.
The last sound I hear before falling back to sleep is the heavy, steady breathing of a cat in deep sleep. Could there be anything more relaxing as I close my eyes and drift off to part two of my sleep.