Sometimes, even in the best of circumstances, you lay in the dark like a tree full of owls. I've tried everything on those nights. Sleepytime tea. A warm bath. A hot shower. A cold shower. Soft music. Counting sheep.
Usually, I break down and get up. I go into my office and sit at the computer and stare at a blank screen. On rare occasions, I actually write, but that's not the norm. No... eventually I open a game of Solitaire or Bookworm or some other mindless occupation. Inevitably, just when I'm getting involved with the game, I start nodding off.
Of course, you can't go to bed when you're close to a high score. Of course not! So I determinedly prop my eyes open and go for that last card...or word...or marble. And because I'm tired, I lose. Always. So why do I keep repeating this useless behavior? I'm not sure. I think it's just bullheadedness.
Fortunately, I don't have many sleepless nights. I'm usually too tired to keep my eyes open. But the next time it happens, I think I'll just go directly to the game, play like mad, and pray that I get tired really fast. And one last thing... I don't really care whether I win or lose.
I suspect I'll still be awake at four A.M.
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