Dear Cat Sitting in the Dark

Dear Cat Sitting in the Dark –

It’s 4 am.  I did NOT get up to feed you.  Please quit meowing at me from the food bowl.

You know the routine around here.  It’s been the same for years.  The alarm goes off, people wake up, people get dressed, then people feed you while they wait for coffee.

dear cat

Did you HEAR an alarm go off?

Am I dressed?

Oh and don’t think bumping your head against my bare foot is going to change my mind.  Nice try kitty, but your cold wet nose isn’t helping your cause.

Cat, it’s like this.

I have insomnia.


I’ve already been awake an hour and it’s looking like it will be a long day.  While I’d like nothing more than to go back to sleep, I know perfectly well I would manage to fall back asleep about 15 minutes before the alarm clock goes off.  So why bother trying?

At some point, it’s easier to just get up and get on with my day.

Aw…. yes, you’re cute.  But wedging yourself in the tiny space between me and the chair isn’t exactly what I had in mind.  Oh wait, you’re going to purr?  Sigh.  Fine.  Just keep your paws off the keyboard.

See, the point is that I can’t exactly start my day.  Hubby is a light sleeper.  I probably woke him up just tip toeing out of the room.  I didn’t even bother to find a pair of socks to keep my feet warm.  And GoGo is a morning bird. Once he realizes someone is awake, he’ll be bouncing out of bed and ready to play.  That child TALKS in the morning, and he’s happy.

Me?  I’m not a morning bird.  But you know that cat.

You and I have had some great morning naps together.  And we’ve shared more than a few midnight snacks when everyone else was asleep.

my cat

i told you to keep your paws off my keyboard.

I told you to keep your paws off the keyboard.  I also meant you shouldn’t chase my cursor across the screen.  Sheesh.

I actually love mornings under the right circumstances.  It’s just that the right circumstances rarely happen.

I love mornings when I can wake up without the alarm clock.  I love them when I can finish waking up before someone asks me where their clean pants are.  I love them when I have time to curl up with a cup of coffee BEFORE I get dressed for the day.

What’s that cat?  Are you laughing at me?

OK, so you’re point is that I woke without an alarm clock today AND I’m awake before talking to anyone (other than a cat) AND I have time for a cup of coffee.

I suppose you think I should put some food in your bowl while I wait for the coffee to brew.

Cat, you missed the most important detail about my ideal morning.  That would be the part where I wake up AFTER the sun comes up.  It’s dark outside.  The birds aren’t even up!  This isn’t morning, it’s the middle of the night!

And now, not only am I awake at some unnatural hour of the day, I’m talking to a cat.

Forget it cat.  I’m taking my coffee and climbing back in bed to wait for the sun to come up.

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. {Melinda} Susan, I have the solution to your problem!! Actually, Kathy does. She has an automatic food dispenser for the cat! You can program the times you want it to release food. She was also sick of the cat waking her peaceful slumber and it solved the problem!

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