I understand my dad just a little bit better.

As I’ve gotten older, from time to time, moments occur that cause me to have a little bit better understanding of my father and why he did the things he did. Most of the time they are very minor things and minor moments and this morning was no exception. I woke up because my son was awake and I blearily noted how light it was already and assumed I’d slept right through my alarm. After a few minutes I drifted off again. When I woke up next I knew it had been light before and it must be much later now. Probably 11 or something and I’d slept half the day away. Then my alarm went off. It was 7am.

Turns out that I’ve gotten to the point where sleeping until 7am counts as sleeping in for me. And here’s where it connects with my dad: I’m pretty sure this is something he does/did. As a kid, I always used wonder why he never “slept in”. Why would he wake up so early, even on a Saturday? Now I know: he was sleeping in on Saturday.

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