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Mona's Musings

January 3rd, 2010

Morning Minuet

My imagination wakes me every morning: Ideas and Words dancing round my head.

The Idea roams a crowded ballroom peering through Wordy chatter, seeking his perfect partner. A lovely candidate appears and then flirtatiously disappears behind another pretty Word. With dozens of aspirants fawning and fanning for picking, the Idea draws just one to the floor, where they swish and swirl together. Just as Idea falls in love, a different partner minces down the line and the first is carried away by another. And so it goes. The music and teasing ends only at the keyboard, when, like an omniscient, I pair a coy Word with the youthful Idea and they settle down to a life together.

Muse with me: Obviously, I think about writing first thing in the morning, but I used to think about bills and babies. What do you think of when your eyes are half opened?



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  1. David says:


    Beautiful new site. Keep up the good work. We love reading your thoughts.


  2. Heidi says:

    As I was reading this, my first thought was “What beautiful writing!” It really is lovely. With various health issues, one of them is related to exhaustion. I miss the days when I could fall asleep thinking and wake up thinking. Now my head isn’t down for a minute or two before I’m gone. And waking requires quite a few minutes (and 6 alarms) before things become coherent and my discipline wins out in forcing me to sit up and get out of bed.

    The few precious times that I have coherent thoughts, they are sometimes about what the day will bring–particularly at work. Sometimes they are about a book I’ve been reading. Lately it has been either on how happy I am or on my new weekly scripture schedule which is exciting enough to me to help me up and at ’em.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Bills and babies. Ha! That’s exactly what I think. I used to think: I have a whole day to decide what to do with! Growing up was a perfect blend of structure/un-structure so I felt in control to use each day to the max–to live, laugh and love! But alas, my time isn’t my own anymore, but I’m realizing more and more that if I don’t appreciate the now, I’ll never appreciate anything!

  4. Bob says:

    Almost without fail my body wakes me at 5:25 every morning, even though my alarm is set for 5:30. It’s as if my internal alarm has a hair trigger. Or maybe it’s that my spirit wants my eternal companion to be able to sleep just a bit longer and so I awaken with just enough time to silence the alarm before she, too, is brought out of her long winter’s nap. I’m a morning person, so the delicate thoughts and dreams of night are almost immediately shoved off the mind’s stage by a rowdy gang of “here and now.” By the time my morning cleansing rituals are completed I’m listening to the news to see if my commute will be tolerable and my mind is racing to make sense of the day’s tasks and obligations.

    Thanks for inviting me to participate in your musings. They help give me additional perspective on life, and help me stay in touch with such a dear friend as you.


    • mona says:

      Bob, you remind me that when I taught early morning Seminary for four years, I never needed an alarm…can you believe that? How does science explain it? I only remember one morning when I did oversleep…I also remember “voices” buzzing round my head whispering, “wake up wake up wake up…”

  5. Sue Simper says:

    Babies and bills. Oh, and “why don’t I get to bed earlier?”

    • mona says:

      Sue, I hate to tell you…but your “why don’t I get to bed earlier” is going only going to morph into “why do I wake up so early”?

  6. Sues says:

    Mona –
    I am so impressed with your site! Your writing is so beautiful and poetic. I love it! I love you!

  7. Mother Smith says:

    Interestingly enough…what I think about when I wake up each morning depends on the depth of my “spirituality”. Due to my “challenges” these past 3 years, my senses of something far greater than myself is emerging. Waking up to a NEW DAY…now, has an infinitely deeper purpose…I am like a child…who has just discovered that each day is a “birth”day party…and there are so many “surprises” to be discovered in that given day…

  8. Sara Lyn says:

    I try to catch hold of the last wisps of my dreams before they fade away. Sometimes I am successful. Sometimes they elude me. The feelings usually stay with me for awhile and sometimes I have to fight to move on past negative feelings. But when I have glorious dreams, I have a glorious start to the day! However, in addition to those thoughts, I also think, “Ten more minutes please!” :) Not a morning person.

    • mona says:

      Sara Lyn — I went through years of “nightmare hangover” — days that were too full of anxiety. I’m so enjoying this stage of life when maturity has taught me that nightmares never come true…

  9. Angel Day says:

    I love the new site…it spikes the imagination.
    Depending on the day, I either think…”Nathan is up already?” or “Nathan isn’t up yet…oh how nice it is to sleep in a little.” That is usually how I start my day. :D
    What joy it is to be a mom…I do love it!

    • mona says:

      Angel, I realize now that you mention Nathan, that I have spend 29 years thinking of Ashley the VERY first thing each morning. I am still adjusting, but that I now think about writing first thing, tells me that I AM gaining a level of comfort with our new situation. That being said, I will tell you that, as a mother, your children will ALWAYS be first in your thoughts – each day, for the rest of your life.

  10. Bonnie Holt says:

    Oh Mona, your imagery is so beautiful—it’s one that I will not soon forget! It describes my thoughts on so many mornings exactly! But it is also a beautiful description of the desires of my heart, for they are doing a similar dance! And that is, that I DO exactly what the Lord would have me do with my empty nest! My post “Santa Comes Early To Grandparents” is a bit long but describes these feelings. Thanks so much Mona for this beautiful imagery. It makes me feel this morning as if I must stop flitting from one endeavor to the next. Since my son’s death I wonder if I have been distracting myself with, or hiding behind, my various creative projects—but what am I REALLY supposed to do? Wow! You have stirred my soul haven’t you? Thanks for the beautiful insight!

  11. Danielle says:

    When my alarm goes off for work I think ‘already’? And then I sneak into Bridget’s room give her a kiss on her chunky cheeks and tell her how much mommy is going to miss her and then I silenty get ready for the day as my husband snores and the dogs purr under the bed as if they are ignoring the fact they have to go outside before I leave. And on my way t work I go through my ‘to do list’ in my mind and count down the hours I can be home with my butterball (aka chubby cheek baby).

    Thank you for sharing this website. I never have time to read through all your musings. But today I got hooked! Please keep writing….it breaks up my boring day of work.

    Danielle Berrett

    • mona says:

      Oh Danielle! Your description is exquisite and tugs at my heart. Your “butterball” makes me melt — what a joy to run home to each day.

  12. Christy says:

    My first thoughts in the morning…… Do I really have to get up (thats when the alarm goes off), but on days the alarm does not have to go off I seem to jump out of bed. Of course it 7:30 or 8:00 rather then the 6:00 alarm time during the week.
    I must say I have never been able to think straight in the morning with out my shower…I really admire people who wake up ready to start a new day with their brains functioning. :)

    • mona says:

      Christy, I wouldn’t call my brain “functioning” first thing — all the “dancing” makes me dizzy. It isn’t until I’ve been on the treadmill and huffed and puffed some H2O into my circulatory system that my brain kicks really kicks into gear!

  13. I love pictures of beautiful places, like Irish castles, Egyptian pyramids, beaches of clear blue water, … I love to think about the geology that made the landscapes of the world. But mostly, I still focus on babies and bills.

  14. Bri Z says:

    First I think about how tired I still am. Then I remind myself that I’m getting up and doing all this school work so that one day I can have a blast teaching my future babies. Then I realize how late I am going to be if I don’t hurry and I try not to panic. :)

  15. Sarah E. says:

    Aunt Mona,
    Your writing is EXQUISITE!
    I look forward to contributing more very soon.
    With real love and appreciation,

    • mona says:

      Sarah E., Can’t wait darling…be sure to check both of the other posts:”Carousel” and “Old Ladies”……I’m SURE you will have something to say….

  16. Jodi says:

    Mona, your thoughts are just amazing! What a wonderful site, I’m glad that I found you.
    My first thoughts in the morning are usually “already?” Then as you said they turn to babies, my precious little girl and my little boy, who we shall meet in about 4 months. I guess my thoughts really turn and whirl when I go to bed.

  17. Ashlee says:

    Lately my 2 year old has been waking me with telling me he needs to go potty, so after I rush him to the restroom, and get the baby a bottle, I see if I can somehow squeeze in a couple more moments of sleep..or pondering time anyway -what goals do I need to accomplish today, what appointments do I need to make, how can I spend this day my best so I feel accomplished by the end of it.. I also ponder on time ..slipping away..my children growing to fast.. How can I best spend this day with them. Teaching them, loving them, not letting them grow up too fast! I just want every minute with them. for them to be..happy.

  18. Fermie says:

    I love your thoughts and those of others. First thing I think of in the morning is Thank you Heavenly Father for being able to sleep and pray that I will be able to move and get out of bed. The next thing is, Thank you that my children and Grandchildren are all safe and well and then ask him to show me if there is anyone that I may be able to help, and then especially thank God for loving me and caring for me and all the blessings he has bestowed on me. And every morning he faithfully shows me the way I should go and the blessings that he has blessed me with. I couldn’t make it with out my Heavenly Fathers guidance. Thank you for letting me put my thoughts here.

  19. Amber says:

    i think about photos and editing photos and taking photos and business issues… i think i’d rather be more spiritual. When i decide i want that enough i’ll change something in my life to make it that way.

  20. Angel Day says:

    I believe it! Even when they have their own families I will think of them first…I’m quite sure my Mother does.

  21. Lisa says:

    Do I have to work? Do I have to exercise? Do I have to read my scriptures? I almost always answer myself “YES!”

    • mona says:

      Lisa, doing what we have to do whether we feel like it or not…the lot of women…but frankly I’m glad it’s not what I think of FIRST thing in the morning….the admirable thing though is that you are a doer as a well as a dreamer…

  22. Olivia says:

    In the morning I am my most inspired. I think of all the wonderful things I am going to accomplish that day. How wonderful the day will be and how full of so many great accomplishments. I feel excited to be awake and can’t wait to get going….then my feet hit the ground…

  23. mona says:

    Olivia, hahaha! You’ve captured the conflict between “head” and “feet” perfectly!!! So true.

  24. Colleen Tolva says:

    Each morning is exciting to me with thoughts of my Heavenly Father and thanking him for a new beginning and opportunities that might come forth. A prayer of thanksgiving for family and friends and always praying for a missionary experience.
    The smell of a new bar of soap and warm water in the shower delights my senses and I feel clean and ready to greet the day
    which is always filled with new adventures and learning experiences. Life is to be lived and come what may – I love it!

  25. mona says:

    Oh Colleen! As usual, you are such an inspiration…your entire life is an inspiration.

  26. “Did I make Josh’s lunch for work last night?” Yes-I get to go back to sleep and wake up to have him kiss me goodbye before he leaves. No-I get up and make a lunch for him before he leaves. The only time I don’t go through this question and answer first thing, is when Josh is out to sea!

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