‘In the wee small hours of morning, when the whole wide world is fast asleep’ ~ David Mann
I, among many of the population on earth, need a solid night’s sleep – uninterrupted, pleasant, dream-filled, cozy under the covers sleep. Until recently I had absolutely no trouble achieving this state of bliss, however an unsettling combination of extended winter weather and unwanted house guests has altered my sleep patterns. No longer do I crawl under my duvet and let the weariness of the day pull down the blankets of my eyelids. Gone are the nights that the vivid colors of my dreams paint my continually sleep filled nights.
Like an imperceptible alarm clock, disease-infested rodents descend into my walls at approximately 2:30 every morning. As I lay in what should be my haven, I am disturbed by sounds that are amplified enough to make me think I have underestimated the size of these cute, furry little creatures. With an imagination as over-active as mine I picture a sentinel of unearthly mutations methodically surrounding their acquired target. Their tyrannical approach into my home has left me reaching into my arsenal for a full on war.
Akin to a good soldier, I have adapted to my situation with weapons that I have on hand. There is no delay when you are under attack from a known enemy who can wreak absolute havoc in an otherwise stable environment. My walls are my fortress. My house is my oasis. The gnawing sounds coming from inside my home in those wee hours are my motivation. These adorable looking vermin have threatened to devastate the structure and integrity of my humble abode and I am a woman scorned.
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Human nature dictates that we all yearn most for what we cannot have. I retain my defensive stance in this fight and vow to achieve what I yearn for – that unadulterated, all-encompassing feeling of being swallowed into a vast sea of dreams. As I imagine just a small rind of an orange sun on the horizon of my sleep, I will be awaiting the moment that the canvas of my night will be splashed in a new landscape of color. Au revoir, rodents!!