There is little more annoying to a non-morning person than a morning person. They just don’t get it. The sun is shining, they’re dancing about as they pour their coffee and grab their briefcase, completely oblivious to the fact that we non-morning people are not responding. In fact, are growling.
The problem is, once I’m fully awake, it never occurs to me to tell anyone I’m not a morning person. I’ve forgotten about it by then. I don’t remember it again until they try to talk to me in the morning. At that point, I know not to say anything because I know it will come out very wrong because, after all, I am not a morning person. So, the trick is to think to say it at some time other than the morning.
I’ve gotten pretty good at that. Now what I realize is that morning people have no idea what that means. I don’t even know what they think it means. What it does not mean is to say a cheery “good morning” when you first see me.
So, for the sake of non-morning people the world over, and assuming no one really intends to aggravate us, I am going to tell the rest of you how to deal with us in the morning:
Ignore us. If you happen to catch eye contact with us for a split second, mumble a greeting (or anything, really, we won’t be paying attention) as you keep moving past. If there is something that must be right then, say it. Do not apologize for bothering us in the morning, do not explain, just say what you have to say, make sure we at least nod, then go. Smiling is not recommended.
I think that about covers it. Thank you for listening.