ii. “Yes, I am awake”19 November 2005 at 11:45 | Posted in Circadian rhythm | 7 Comments
The life-long night-owlism.
This story tells a good deal. Mom, Dad or Grandma would get me up, as in standing on the cold floor in little bare feet, and make me assure them “Yes, I am awake.” Before going back to bed, I’d promise to do some chore or errand. Later, they’d all but call me a liar when the chore hadn’t gotten done and I claimed that I remembered nothing of the morning conversation. They were in doubt, because if I made a promise in the afternoon or evening, I was pretty reliable.
Solution. It finally occured to all of us that I had, in fact, learned to read. Early morning conversation followed by a written “reminder” of what I’d promised, was effective. A note without the worthless exercise on the cold floor would have been just as good, but they apparently thought they should ask me to do them a favor rather than giving me orders. . .
My siblings remember that their very least favorite chore was being sent in to wake me. Even at noon or one or two. (Poor kids. The task was not only near impossible, I was often nasty. They say.)