I have to get my kids up at 6:45 every morning so we can be ready for the bus which comes around 7:25. And because it is still dark and because my kids are always in a deep sound asleep at 6:45, sometimes it can be a struggle to get them up.
Yesterday while I was trying to get Peter up, I said in a sing-songy (and probably extremely annoying) voice, "Good morning, Peter! Time to rise and shine! It's time to start a brand new day!"
"Good morning, Momma," was his sweet reply.
"Are you ready to start a brand new day?"
"Yes," he sleepily resonded.
And I continued babbling, "Are you ready to face all of the challenges of this brand new day?" (And yes, I realize this is a goofy thing to ask a 6-year-old at 6:45 AM. It's probably a goofy question to ask anyone at 6:45AM.)
"Um, the challenges? Not so much," he replied as he was rubbing his eyes.
I laughed out loud, gave him a giant hug and told him that I wasn't ready either and then we headed downstairs for a Toaster Strudel.
Because everyone knows you can't face challenges without a hug from mom and a full belly.