October 9, 2003

Good In A Crisis?

A conversation between my wife and I last night:

Me: Did you wake me up to protect you or something last night?
Her: Yeah.
Me: Okay. I couldn't remember if that actually happened or not.
Her: It happened.
Me: Okay. What happened?

As it turns out, night before last, around 12:30, after being asleep for about an hour, my wife wakes me up.

"I don't know but I hear noises," she says.
"Huh?" I muttered groggily.
"I think its one of the cats but it sounds like other noises in the house."
"Huh?" I muttered.
"We need to check it out. There might be someone in the house."
"Huh?" I muttered again, getting out of bed.

Ever been awakened when you're just dead asleep? So much so that suddenly getting up is just an amazing shock to the system? That was me. But, cold and, possibly without any clothing at all (I don't really remember), I wandered into all the rooms of the house, walking into at least every wall we've got and tripping down stairs in a numb haze of fleeting sleep. Had I been actually confronted with a burglar, I'm sure the most effective thing I could have done was trip on him.

Regardless, this all calls into question my ability to function in a crisis, in the middle of the night. I'm sure, had it actually been something real, I would have been able to respond better. But it wasnt (thank god).

UPDATE: It's come to my attention that many might assume from this that my wife was freaking out and generally unable to defend herself. This is so not true. She could totally kick ass...assuming I wasn't nodding off between her and any attacker.

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