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What are the things you need to do within 30 minutes of waking up to ensure your day gets off on the right foot? What happened the last time you didn’t do one of these things?

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breakfast for 2For nearly 43 years, whether I was working outside the home or raising kids, I’ve been getting up at 6:30 with his lordship to have breakfast. I can probably count on two hands the number of times I’ve missed a morning just by sleeping in. Most times I’ve not been up to the task have had to do with a hospital stay in one form or another. (Oh, there were a couple times I ran away with my bff for a few days. Last time we stayed in a lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay.)

So in that half hour while he’s getting ready for his day, I pack his lunch and get breakfast on the table (which I may have to clean off on occasion if I found something better to do than clearing the table after dinner the night before… I am NOT little Miss Holly Homemaker by anyone’s stretch of the imagination). On the weekdays it’s just cereal.

This all sounds rather mundane, I know, BUT there’s also something healthy about talking first thing in the morning, getting our plans set for the day, finding out what we’ll each be doing. It’s not at all like coming home from work at night which feels a whole lot more like debriefing most of the time!

The last thing I do as I shove him out the door is get him in a headlock and give him a smooch. That’s the most important part to me. If something happens to one or the other of us during the day, I want that to be the last thing we remember doing together. A lot of people have those signs hanging over their beds that say, “Always kiss me goodnight.” My sister, knowing what a worry wart I am, made me one years ago to hang over the front door. It says, “Always kiss me goodbye.” And we always do.

So what happens if I don’t get the whole breakfast thing done? I feel unanchored, and without a doubt I’ll be very unproductive for the day. HL and I are BOTH definitely creatures of habit!

~Calen