Friday, September 05, 2008

I promise. To be the best part of waking up.

My eyes flutter open and I wait for the round, silver clock beside our bed to come into focus. I blink. And blink again. Close one eye and then the other and then back again, until finally the little hands start to appear. Seven twenty three. 


I throw back our double stacked duvet and swing my legs over the side of the bed, gingerly stretching for my feet to find the floor. My cloud pajamas are twisted almost the entire way around my body and it takes a second to figure out how exactly to detangle them. I stand. I stretch. A little wobbly, I find my way across the room. One hand rubbing my eyes, the other reaching for the door. Because I've found that when you use both hands to rub your eyes, the doors tend to find you.

I pause long enough by the hallway mirror to smile at the sorry state of my hair, before making my way to the kitchen to flip on the burner for our burnt orange sienna tea pot. The flames crack a few times before stretching their way out around the bottom of the kettle. I guess everything has its own way of waking up. 

I make my way to the couch to wrap myself in my great grandma's quilt and start my day with some quiet time and a good inspirational book....or a celebrity gossip magazine. Y'know whatever's closer. 

Just then I hear the familiar tap, tap, tap and the jingle jangle of my favorite part of the morning. Cooper's teddy bear face appears around the corner in the kitchen and he stops, head cocked to one side, as if to say "Are you crazy?? It's 7:23 in the morning." 

He sighs, takes a few steps, stretches into his best downward dog, and then tap tap taps his way on over to the couch. He climbs up and flops his head into my lap with one more sigh that says, "y'know...you're lucky I love you." I pat his a head a few times and with that, he's off to sleep again. 

But for me, it's what I love most about waking up.


12 comments:

Samantha said...

I love this blog! Murphy does a great downward dog too...and also makes this funny little noise when he does it. They're so great!!

Annemarie said...

Now I want to wake up in your house so I can snuggle on the couch with Cooper.....he's sooooo loveable!

Robin Dini Photography said...

that is absolutely adorable! look at that adorable cooper face :)

ericamay said...

This is a beautiful post! I love how dogs can make us feel like the best people in the world, no matter what...and how they remind us that each day is a fresh start! :)

Val McCormick Photography said...

Awwww, I so heart Cooper. He is so adorable. Big cuddly doggy. You two are lucky to have Cooper and Cooper is so lucky to have a mommy and daddy like you too. :-)

BTW, Love the door will find you part of entry, lol.

~Great Big Hugs~

regina holder said...

Cooper is such a cutie! Snuggly dogs rule! My day usually starts with Lennox staring at me from the side of the bed needing potty action. She kisses me to bribe me to get up. Last week after 2 late wedding nights, she was apparently having a hard time waking me up. I woke up to her licking the bottom of my foot. How smart is she!

Jerome said...

Cole and Maddox said that Cooper sounds WAY too calm in the morning... They aren't sure if they can be friends... lol
Cole and Maddox sprint down the stairs and jump around at the front door for me to get my bearings straight and leash them up for their morning rituals... lol
It is pretty amazing to look forward to, although I wouldn't mind some quite time on the couch first...

cassandra m said...

oooooohhhh, I just want to kiss his face all over! this is an amazing shot. makes me want to curl up on the couch with mocha...hee.hee. Cooper is ADORABLE. post more pics of him. ;) ;)

Orchard Cove Photography said...

What a little smoosh with his fuzzo nose :) For me Strider lays his head on the bed right next to mine and I wake up eye to eye with him wagging his tail :) It is pretty hard to be in a bad mood then.

See you guys tomorrow on the west coast :) !!

Lauren said...

Oh. My. Gosh. This is about the cutest thing EVER! :D I love Goldens- they're by far my fav- and waking up to a cute puppy face is always awesome. Great shot, and great moment!

Sam said...

I was going through your old blog.. because i'm a dork and i do that kind of thing.. and i found out that among your wonderful photos which i already told you and will probably tell you again that i love, .... but besides them...
I Love this post!!
There is a commercial that plays occasionally.. that has a puppy waking up this girl in bed and the text comes across the screen and says.. I promise.. ( then a few seconds later ) .. to always be there when you wake..
and theres just something about it that strikes me every time that is so sweet.. and your photo/entry reminded me of that so thanks!
:-D

Sue Brown said...

Great Blog. I enjoyed reading it. The Wedding is simply amazing.