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Who Loves Ya Baby?

garfield-i_dont_do_mornings.gifI’ve heard it said that “my wife wakes up grumpy in the morning…other days, she lets me sleep in..”. I’m not gonna lie, I HATE mornings. I don’t sleep well in the first place, and the older I get, the more I hate them. So when I read this line in the Max Lucado book “In The Eye of The Storm“, I guess it hit pretty close to home. Probably because it’s so relevant in my home.

If people love you at 6:30 in the morning, one thing is sure: They love you. They don’t love your title. They don’t love your style. They don’t love your accomplishments. They just love you.

I got to thinking about my house in the morning. Usually my 6 and 4 year old get up before everyone else. They have learned to not disturb the slumbering bear until they hear the sounds of said bear lumbering his way out of the bed in the morning. Then they usually greet me somewhere between the potty and bathroom sink to say good morning. More often then not, my return greetings are not quite so pleasant, let alone understandable. Yet they greet me again the next morning. Now that’s love.

I thought of my wife and how she has had to put up with this behavior for ten years now (on June 14th by the way). She is what you might call a “morning person” so for her, my act is completely foreign. Yet she keeps bringing the smiles and greetings each morning. Never once telling me what my mom used to say “Looks like someone needs to go upstairs and start the day over again”.

Knowing that those that live under my roof love me regardless of all of the early morning shortcomings is something special. To know that it’s not for all of those things that Max listed, but for who I am, means even more. I can’t promise I will all of the sudden become a morning person, that would take a major miracle. But I can sure relish in the fact that my family loves me. Mornings included.


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Comments · 7

  • John DeMarco · May 30, 2007

    The unconditional love found in families is so special. It’s something I appreciate everyday. It’s great to hear about the love found in your household.

  • Stef · May 30, 2007

    Aaron, I am with you. Ask my wife, I am NOT a morning person. I set the alarm at 6am to get up at 7am. Yep, that’s pathetic. Anyway, the pure, innocent love of my kids and the unending love of my wife are always there. Even when “grumpy pants” (as I am known in my house) comes home from a bad day at work.

  • theepiphany · May 30, 2007

    I hear you. My husband is usually up an hour before me and has to hug a corpse before he leaves. I am NOT a morning person either, but I always appreciate the gesture, especially since he doesn’t try to talk to me, haha. That comment by Max Lucado is a great insight.

  • mudpuppy · May 30, 2007

    I wanted to do a post last year about the other side of people that comes out during sleepiness and our loved ones willingness to look the other way when it occurs. It’s definitely comes down to true love.

    That includes my parents as well.

    Oh, and our anniversary is June 11 (8 years).

  • Mary · May 30, 2007

    There is no doubt I’m the morning person here. The secret is I get up before everyone else have my coffee and get it together. The kids do not get near Eric when he is sleeping. He is known as “the bear”. I’ve tried waking him and he yells at me “what did the labs say?!” or “what did the ultrasound show?!. I tell him I don’t know but they need you now!!!! He thinks he is work even in his sleep. I’ve actually paged him, and put the pager by his ear. It is the only thing that can move him. We’ve had some good laughs.

    June 21st is our 10 year anniversary.


  • Faithwalk · May 31, 2007

    Aw, it’s good to be loved just as we are, isn’t it? Ten years is a great milestone, congratulations a little ahead of time but just in case I forget!

    Blessings to you Aaron!


  • Charles Edwards · January 28, 2010

    Thank You for the awesome article – I loved reading it!

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