April 7, 2014 – I could not sleep last night, anxious with excitement at the thought of taking my driver’s exam this morning. I hadn’t told Sawyer that today was the big day. No sense in both of us tossing and turning. Get enough fidgety hens on a roost and the whole flock ends up in the pine shavings.
I had had enough with resting when the numbers on the alarm clock flipped from 4:59 to 5:00 AM. The peaceful snores and rhythmic breaths of my feathered family filled the pre-dawn air with a pleasant symphony that caused my heart to swell. I took a moment to listen before pulling on my mud boots and taking a couple of laps around the chicken yard. Stretching is paramount to avoiding cramps when driving, so I completed a series of waist twists and toe touches before heading back inside for a piece of buttered toast and apple juice – something light but nourishing. Preparation is half the battle. After breakfast, I chose a quiet corner to sit and visualize the inside of the van. As luck would have it, I overheard Mom telling our neighbor yesterday, that today she would be on a day-long training call in her office. Perfect timing! We’ll be home before she ever notices the car is missing.
I was feeling very confident and as ready for this milestone as one could be. Now I needed to prepare Sawyer. I thought a hot cup of chamomile tea might be a pleasant start to her day. I put the kettle on to heat and while I waited, looked at the calendar over the hot plate. At first I thought we had forgotten to switch it from March to April, but the month was correct. Monday morning… the 8th, I reminded myself. But the calendar clearly showed April 8th as Tuesday… tomorrow. Our appointment is tomorrow morning.
DRAT! I must be slipping!
I drank the tea I made for Sawyer and settled into the nest box to nap until the sun came up. This was going to be a very long day.