May 10 – bed or coffee

10 more bed minutes
or 10 more coffee minutes
cruel, too early, choice

Wake and stare at the clock and realize you have 10 minutes before the alarm goes off.

Head doesn’t hurt yet and stomach is behaving itself and you can luxuriate, in every sense of the word, in a half-wakeful, warm drowsiness for those 10 minutes.

Or, you can get up 10 minutes early.

Head doesn’t hurt yet and stomach is behaving itself and you can luxuriate, in every sense of the word, in the unhurried sipping of a second cup of coffee as alertness and awareness slowly rise through your brain and body while you become awake.

On the one hand, if this is the hardest decision to make this morning, I live in a pampered world of privilege and affluence, and I know and appreciate it.

On the other hand, it is a cruel choice to have to make this early in the morning.

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