Thursday, August 30, 2018

Real Life: Sometimes Inconvenient

I am not a morning person, but most days I really love mornings. This is possibly because of the tableau you see above, involving coffee and a cat and no one else in the room. In my fantasies, the room would be a bit neater, but I'll take what I can get. I am allowed a few moments (sometimes more, sometimes less) to drink my coffee and read in peace, and it starts my day off well. It's a brief pause before things start to move in what feels like fast forward. I have structured our days so that this is possible, because I know that I do best with a slow start and some time to myself.

But real life means that I am not always in charge of the way things are structured. Mostly I am, but it turns out that the world does not always run on my schedule. I am not, it turns out, empress of everything. Sometimes, I get a notice that there will be a surveyor coming between 7:45 and 8:45am, in order that our landlord might get a better deal on the mortgage, and there is nothing I can do about it except complain quietly to myself.

This is what is happening tomorrow. I've already complained quietly to myself, so I'll spare you any further moaning. The truth is that I am quite lucky to have children who mostly sleep until 8am and do not require a hot breakfast. I can chuck some muffins in their direction, and they're happy. If they want a hot breakfast, Z is delighted to cook it herself. I hear of parents whose children refuse to sleep past 6am, and I am properly horrified. To me, 6am is the middle of the night, and I've been known to tell my children so. They've believed me. See? I'm lucky. Despite tomorrow's surveyor appointment during my usual coffee drinking time slot, I know that my life is relatively easy. A little inconvenience won't hurt me, at least not this once.

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