I’ve always heard that the early bird gets the worm, but until recently, I never really knew if that was true.
In my 20’s, I had a hard and fast “weekend rule” – no one could call me until 12:00 noon because I might still be asleep. (And there was a very real possibility that I could actually sleep that long!) Even in our jobs, Michael and I have usually had the flexibility to start our days around 9 am, allowing us to miss that pre-dawn rush that early birds have to deal with. I can usually grab my required caffeine in the form of a huge diet coke and slowly ease into my day.
This morning, though, I woke up at 6 am to find that the bed was empty beside me. Now, you should know that Michael has a long history of walking in his sleep. I’ve been known to find him asleep on the floor of Alex or Dylan’s room, upstairs, on the couch, and in all sorts of other assorted places. So this morning, my first thought was, “Oh no, where did he go, and how long has he been gone?” I checked all the usual spots, and there was still no sign of Michael. I started to get worried, and so I went out to the garage and found that his truck was gone. I called his cell phone, only to hear a perky “Good morning!” When I asked him what he was doing, he said “bussing tables….”
Sure enough, he had woken up at 5:30 and gone to the restaurant, excited to see the breakfast rush and start making plans for when we open Magnolia Kitchen next month. As I lay in bed thinking about this, I found that I was also too excited to go back to sleep. Even my dad, who is retired from 40 years of the graveyard shift at the post office, has been waking up early to go into the restaurant, excited about the prospects of this new venture!
Resigned to being awake, I joined Michael at the restaurant for breakfast, which is why I find myself awake – at 9:30 on a Saturday morning – writing a blog post instead of sleeping!
I must say, I still don’t know if the early bird gets the worm, but I do know that they can get an awesome sausage and egg biscuit (and of course, a big ol’ diet coke!)
- Dad: Plus you might get to wash some dishes
- Alison: So, is the restaurant open? I thought you were still working on it. So exciting either way! What a great new adventure!
- Amy: Dad – it’s not high on my list. Alison – The restaurant is open today under different ownership and a different name. Magnolia Kitchen will open soon (late October/early November). And yes – we’re VERY excited! You should do a road trip and bring your family to visit! The food will be worth the drive!