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Sleepless in Soquel

Baby Paigey

Baby Paigey

I know I know, it’s a tired take on a delightful movie.

Pain has been stalking me, making it hard to find a comfortable position in which to sleep. I approach the bed where Don is sound asleep, only to see Paigey, our white and red Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, lying across my pillow. I’d like to think it is her great affection for me that causes her to lie in my spot ’til I come to bed. However, it’s probably the electric blanket she’s cozying up to.

I crawl into bed and Don pulls me close. He always wakens when I come to bed. Actually I don’t think he sleeps soundly until I’m there beside him. We complete each other. I lie in his arms with my head on his shoulder, feeling cherished, when Paigey emits a long, loud snore. Long. Loud. And Don and I both chuckle. I roll over onto my left side for about 5 minutes until the pain insists I get off that hip.

Pulling the pillow under me, I roll onto my tummy, hoping I can sleep in that position.

Snore … snort … snore … snort … snore … I’m hearing a duet. My husband is on one side, snoring because he’s fatigued. And Paige snores between us. It’s the perfect storm. I laugh quietly. After a few minutes of this cacophany of sounds, I ask Don to turn his head. He does, and the duet becomes a solo.

I know what it is to lose a husband, to wish he were still beside me sawing logs. And so now I’m glad, because this my husband is HERE beside me TO snore. And for that I thank God, even when the duet starts up again.


  1. Esther Loux says:

    Oh Carol, what a beautiful picture of a loving couple and a sweet dog. I too remember the nudge I gave to my husband when I heard the sounds of deep sleep and he turned over. However, in 16 short days I will have a new husband with whom I will share my bed. I will be ever so grateful for the arms around me and the steady sounds of sleep. God has given me a desire to love another and I am so blessed. As I have followed you and Don’s life over these last few years, I have rejoiced that you have found a wonderful man who so obviously loves you and you love him so much. Again, you and your marriage are a beautiful example to follow. I am so sorry about your pain. I trust you will find an answer soon. Thank you, Carol, for your inspiring and encouraging words. You are a blessing to me!

    1. carolnl says:

      Esther, thank you! I am thrilled with you that you are moving into a new life with a new love. God has given this wonderful gift to you and I know both you and he will treasure and guard it. Blessings!!!

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