how my eldest comes in to my room in the quiet of the morning to snuggle in bed with me until my alarm goes off. He gets up early to eat breakfast alone (his preference) and then comes to my room. He slides into my bed and cuddles right up next to me. Most days I'm lucky to get nothing more than a "side" hug from him. But in the morning it's different. And sweet. It's only on school mornings. And I get a kiss from him before he leaves.
This morning was different.
At 12:30 a.m., my bedroom door opened. I was startled and begun, "Shhhhhhhhhh," so he wouldn't wake the smaller kids in the adjacent bedroom. I asked him what he needed. He said he just ate breakfast. You just ate breakfast? ::looking at clock again:: He tried to tell me it was 7:00 a.m. ::looking at clock again:: ::looking towards window (it's still dark):: He said his alarm clock had gone off, saying it was 6:00 a.m. and so he went downstairs and ate breakfast.
I finally convinced him that it was only 12:30, and that he could get in bed with me if he wanted (Joe is out of town).
As I slept, I wondered if he was sleepwalking. Or confused. Or if the power surge earlier in the night had messed with his clock settings. When the "real" morning approached, I asked him if needed breakfast again. He declined, at first. (I was still wondering what actually happened. Did he imagine eating breakfast? Was he dreaming? Did he even look at the clock in the kitchen? Did the neighbors think we were weird?)
When I opened my bedroom door, I heard his alarm clock beeping. He went in to check and it was set to the proper time. When I went into the kitchen, I noticed his cereal bowl in the sink.
While it is still a mystery to me, I will appreciate the extra time I had to cuddle with him. I know that one day soon it will end. Maybe this will be his last year. He starts middle school next fall and he might realize that it's uncool to snuggle with your mom. I hope it's not the case, but I'm prepared for it. I'll just appreciate the moments that I have with him now. And I hope I never forget it.