Waking up with a smile

When someone’s in a bad mood, we say, “That person didn’t get up on the right side of the bed.” It’s a fact that the beginning of your day affects your outlook on the remainder of the day. I used to envy the person who woke up with a smile on their face every day, but now I am that person thanks to someone special.

Since I started dating my boyfriend, I’ve been reintroduced to romance – from in-the-rain slow-dancing to stargazing. He works the night shift that ends between 2-3 a.m. My schedule is the opposite; I’m asleep by 10:30 p.m.

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Most mornings before he goes to bed, he crafts a romantic text with the intention of me reading it right when I wake up. These texts are lengthy and riddled with cute emojis. His texts share the same message: how much he loves me. When I open my eyes and roll over to turn off my alarm, I grab my phone from my nightstand. When I see an unread message, I know who it’s from and my heart starts beating faster.

“I thank God for every second I’m with you and pray that those seconds never end. You are the love of my life Amy, forever and always.” 

Words like these bring me the joy I need to start a new day because if I can get through the day with a smile on my face and pep in my step then the day will go by faster. Then it’ll be one less day until I get to see him again. Given how much I love to sleep, I never thought I’d look forward to waking up early. But it’s worth it when I think about what awaits me.

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