SOLC Day 25: Rise and Shine, Day Two

March 2022 SOLC–Day 25
A huge thank you to Two Writing Teachers for all that they do to create an amazing community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and grow.

Yesterday I had a hard time convincing myself to get out of bed (here). Here’s what happened today:

body: “Psst! I’m up! Let’s get going!”


(body stretches, wriggles, kicks the covers around a few times)

body: “Psst! Hey!! I’m awake!”

mind, groggily: “Huh? What?… Why are you up? “

body: “I dunno. But what took you so long? I’m awake. Let’s go!”

mind, confused: “I was having the weirdest dreams…”

body: “But now you’re awake…so c’mon!”

mind, slowly: “What time is it anyway? ….Wait! It’s 3:15 am!”

body: “So what? I’m up! It’s like you always say, ‘Rise and Shine!'”

mind: “But we can’t get up now. It’s too early. If we do, we’ll feel awful later.”

body: “Carpe diem! I’m awake! awake! Awake!! AWAKE!!!”

mind: “Ok, ok. Settle down. How about this? We’ll just lie here for a while and see what happens. If you can’t fall back asleep, we’ll get up. Just give it a try.”

body: “Oh, no. No. No. No. You know how that goes. It won’t be pretty!”

mind: “But we could sleep for another 1 1/2 hours! I need it! It’s been a tough week. Please!”

long pause

body: “Fine, I’ll try.”

body, sullenly, “But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”


4:47 am…alarm rings

mind: “Oh, good! We got some more sleep!”

body: ….

mind: “Rise and shine!”

body, diving under the covers: “I don’t wanna…”

and so it begins again…

7 thoughts on “SOLC Day 25: Rise and Shine, Day Two

  1. That’s funny! Love the unexpected ending. Do all your fourth graders love to write? Didn’t think so. This kind of sentence play would get them on the bandwagon, I’m just saying. I know, I know. I am not the district’s curriculum coordinator and I’m quite happy with retirement, but is she/he dropping the ball on this one?

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  2. maryleehahn says:



  3. This is me every morning, my brain fighting with my body to workout!! Love the story!


  4. kd0602 says:

    I sure hope you get some down time this weekend to re-energize so you can get your mind and body back in synch! (I’m admiring your skill with dialogue–even without saying a lot, you convey a lot of meaning!)


  5. Amanda Potts says:

    Hahahaha – oh, this is exactly right. I really hope you get to sleep this weekend, but at least you got a hilarious post out of your insomnia.


  6. Lainie Levin says:

    Wait. Who took notes on the argument my brain and body were having?

    I love this dialogue you’ve set up for us, and it’s just a reminder that the struggle is REAL. Thanks for a slice that made me smile!


  7. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    This is a perfect conversation between mind and body. And 3:15?!? Oh, my!


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