I negotiated with the alarm when it first sounded Sunday morning. I did not want to get up. I believe I reset it twice and squeezed in a couple of extensions to the night's sleep. Finally, at about 10 after, I dragged myself out of bed. The shower helped start the awakening process. Getting dressed completed it. By the time it was 15 'til, I was heading out the door for the five minute drive to church. I was ahead of schedule.
As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed that it looked particularly deserted. Granted, they're doing some construction on the grounds... but that couldn't explain why so few cars were there. I parked my truck and didn't move. I wanted to survey the scene and figure out what was up. I watched for people going in or coming out... and then I glanced at the clock.
Services are at 8:30 and 11:00. I'd been shooting for the 11:00.
I had been watching the clock all morning. I saw the alarm clock when I woke up. I checked the Regulator in the dining room a couple of times because it's the only clock you can see from the bathroom. I gave the microwave clock at least once passing glance. I looked at my watch both when I put it on and when I locked the door. My truck clock let me know that I had plenty of time for the drive. Yet, there I sat... all dressed up and at church a full hour early. How does something like that happen? How could I pay that must attention to the time without ever noticing the hour?