Testing Day

I open my eyes to the sunlight peeking into my bedroom. Silky sheets covered in perhaps 1,000 sleepy sloths attached to tree branches hug my body as I slowly open my eyes to the greeting of a familiar time.

6:24 am… really?

For my first graders, today is Cozy Clothes Day. For me, today is testing day. The caveat is that I also get to wear cozy clothes, which is really just an added perk. However, I could have slept in to ease the blow. Instead, my body panics as if it should already be up and moving, preparing to greet 16 little smiles whose masks are no match for the excitement of spring break.

6:54… liquid motivation.

My toes are greeted by the cool wood floors as I quietly stand up out of bed, careful not to wake B in the process. I smile as I realize I can see the sunrise through the window- spring is almost here. As soon as the coffee beans start to grind, my nose welcomes the nutty aroma and the water dances as it fills the reservoir. After some consideration, I finally select my favorite mug and set it on the coffee bar- I’ll be back.

7:00 am… cold weather be gone.

I throw on B’s jacket and appreciate the luxury. There’s something special about wearing the jacket of someone you love to keep you warm. I inhale as I open the door and notice the frosted glass. My heart sinks but my eyes are excited to see the sight of the sun in the distance. Savi and I step outside for her morning duties and I try to be patient as she does her business.

7:06 am… we meet again, old friend.

I made the decision about a year ago that I don’t dislike myself enough to drink my coffee without some kind of cream. I can drink coffee black, but it isn’t like the warm and cozy hug that a creamy coffee can provide. It’s more like the quick side hug you might give, just to get it over with. I normally just use half and half, but today is a rare treat- heavy cream. Using up everything in our fridge means resorting to unexpected luxuries. I smirk as the dark amber liquid swirls into a paler beige color.

7:08 am… and now we wait.

I climb under the oversized pink plush blanket on the couch and snuggle in. The first sip of coffee is quite possibly one of my favorite parts of each morning. It has become a comfort I find myself longing for each day. I close my eyes as I take the anticipated first sip and breathe in as my nose welcomes the familiar smell. That’s when the intrusive thought about unwelcome swabs disturbing the noses of myself an 11 people I love because today is testing day. I try to push away the anxiety that starts to take over. For now, I’ll enjoy my treasured time with an old reliable friend.

Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I am sorry you have to go through the testing anxiety, but I am glad you were able to enjoy that morning solitude and your comforting coffee. Hope you get good results!


  2. Mmmmm coffee. It is often the highlight of my day, especially when I get a minute or two to just sit and drink it, instead of multi tasking. Wishing you well on your test! Thank you for sharing!


  3. The description of your morning is so vivid! I particularly love the simile of black coffee being like a quick side hug, rather than the warm, nurturing hug of coffee with cream. 🙂


  4. This slice makes me feel like I can see your morning – I love the way it moves along… and my favorite line was: “I made the decision about a year ago that I don’t dislike myself enough to drink my coffee without some kind of cream” Because I made that decision awhile ago too!


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