Painting by Steve Ekman, 1951, Img Src
When I was a little girl, my grandmother and mother taught me to say this little prayer as I knelt before my bed just like the little girl above.
Now I lay me down to sleep,Then in a sing-song voice I'd say, "God bless Mommy & Daddy and Nanny & Poppy and Grandma & Pumpa..." and so on. Some nights I would ask for everyone I knew to be blessed (the dog, the cats, the hamster, the fish, my best friend, aunt, uncles, cousins, other friends, other relatives... probably when I wasn't ready to get in bed yet, LOL!), and some nights I would forget to say my prayers completely and just fall fast asleep!
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
Nowadays, my before-bed routine is different. I slip in beside Jacqueline, sometimes talk about things, give her a good-night kiss, and read my book until I am too tired to hold my eyes open (or longer if it's a good book). After turning out my light, before falling asleep, sometimes I remember to hold space for all I am grateful for from the day, and sometimes I think about the next day; this does *not* help me fall asleep (work, appointment, bills due, impportant call to make, etc.). Sometimes, however, I am able to lose myself in dreaming about what I might wake up to...
- I wish to wake up to a blue sky filled with warm sun and bird song.
- I wish to wake up to the smell of coffee brewing and bacon frying.
- I wish to wake up to the security of money in the bank and a steady income.
- I wish to wake up to a body that moves fluidly however I ask it to, with no pains or aches.
- I wish to wake up to the smiling happy faces of my family, especially my beloved Jacqueline.
- I wish to wake up to nice hot shower in a beautiful old tub that I can soak in later in the evening.
- I wish to wake up to the gentle purr of a sleepy kitty by my side.
- I wish to wake up to the energy and ambition to paintpaintpaint!
- I wish to wake up to the beauty of another day at home, secure in knowing it can't ever be taken away.
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