I slugged my husband in the face this morning.

That title really makes me seem like a horrible person, but in my defense, I was totally asleep.

Every morning, before leaving for school or whatever activity he has planned at the ungodly hour of 5ish in the morning, The Boy kisses me good bye.  Most mornings, I am very far into dreamland, but on occasion, it will wake me up, or I will have stirred a bit while he was dressing, etc, and am aware of it.  On those mornings, I typically, kiss him back and tell him I love him and to have a good, albeit way too early, day.  Other times, I sleep right through it, and only have his word for the fact that it occurred.

I’m going to derail a bit here, and let you know that this unfailing activity of his, is precious to me.  If he ever were to stop, it would break my heart.  The Boy is not a romantic man, he doesn’t show a lot of emotion, and he shows his affection differently from what I’m used to.  As a matter of fact, sometimes, he will look at me and say, “what are you doing?” and I will have to explain that I am showing him affection.  It has taken some practice for me to be able to identify the ways he does this, and the morning kiss goodbye, regardless of my state of consciousness is one of them, and I cherish it.

However, this morning, I was in the midst of a nightmare when he tried to kiss me.  The action woke me up, as it sometimes does, but I was in such a state of panic that I punched him.  Fortunately, I was asleep, so it was a weak punch at best.  He immediately apologized for scaring me, and I recall apologizing to him, getting my kiss, and quickly falling back to sleep.  When I woke up to get ready for work, I didn’t remember the  nightmare, but I did remember taking a swing at my husband.

I’m not supposed to laugh at this, but I totally did.  Hopefully, this won’t cause him to rethink the morning kiss ritual.  I think 8 years of kisses with only 1 punch in the face is a record most men strive to achieve.  Plus, I get elbowed in the face by him while he’s sleeping almost bi-weekly, so, I think we’re even.

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