From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Night Owl Tendencies

A family characteristic?


I like to stay up late. I get a lot of things done this time of night. I have to force myself to go to bed or I'll be up until 2 a.m.

I have speculated that this might be an inherited trait, from my mother's maternal line. Her Aunt Letha (Eaton) Blair was a professional night owl. For many years, she was the night operator at the telephone office in Bassett.

I remember that my mom used to call Aunt Letha at night and chat with her if she wasn't busy. After Letha retired from the telephone company, she found a job being the night desk clerk at the Range Hotel and worked there several years.


I learned recently that my nephew Ben likes staying up late also, and I consider this a new bit of evidence to support my theory that there's a bit of the night owl in the family line. I think Keely has the trait, too. I am not sure about Isaac. Lately, he's been going to bed early and sleeping late on weekends.

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