Nothing sets the tone of the day more than how you wake up or are woken up in the morning. For me it has to be quiet, unhurried and intrusive free. Sounds rather selfish and indulgent and I’m even tarnished by a little guilt at times because of this need, but I’m lucky I have that luxury.
Coming slowly out of the mists of sleep, I listen at length to the expanding sound of the birds chirping, and then, having pampered myself with this sound, I gently swing my legs out of bed and go through all the rituals of making coffee, letting the dog out, getting dressed, doing the necessary ablutions and finally walking out in to the sun to face the day.
I’m of the opinion that how you rise in the morning does have much to do with how you go in to your day. Perhaps that’s why Katherine Mansfield in her short story, “Mr. Reginald Peacock’s Day” says of one of her characters, “If there is one thing he hated more than another it was the way she had of waking him in the morning…It was her way of establishing her grievance for the day.”
So if you really want to upset someone, mess with their rising in the morning. You can’t do better than that.