blinded

What goes bump in the night? I do.

I must sleep in absolute darkness. OK, sometimes, when there’s a full moon, I can’t get absolute darkness. I close the curtains, the doors – anything I can to prevent stray light from entering my bedroom. I hate nightlights. They keep me awake. The alarm clock can’t be on my side of the bed because the lighted numbers bug me. Yes, even when the clock is turned away.

I do not get up in the middle of the night for anything. OK, sometimes, when the dog needs to go out, I will let her. I often make fun of my husband because he can’t sleep through the night without getting up to use the restroom.

Last night, I had a little nasal congestion and ended up breathing with my mouth open. I woke sometime before it was necessary to do so with a pasty dry mouth. I tried valiantly to ignore it. I finally decided to get up and get a glass of water. I groped my way through the bedroom, and the living room – and sqweeeesh. Cat puke. I hopped the rest of the way to the kitchen, opened the refrigerator so I could see, and washed my foot. I got my glass of water. Ahhhh. Much better.

I began stumbling back to the bedroom, blinded by the light of the refrigerator, but careful to avoid the cat puke. Instead, I walked smack into the wall next to the door to the bedroom. Stubbed my toe. Went to bathroom to assess damage. Bloody toenail. Performed required bandaid application so as not to stain the pretty white sheets.

Stumbled back to bed. My husband, dog, and cats didn’t even notice.

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~ by Larisa on August 2, 2005.

3 Responses to “blinded”

  1. It’s a good thing you normally sleep through the night undisturbed. Imagine the injuries you’d have racked up by now if you’d always gotten up in the middle of the night.

  2. Oh Mrs. Hope, I needed a laugh. I hope your toe and kitty are o.k.

  3. Ewww. Nothing worse than cat puke in the middle of the night!

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