Days of Being: October 25 (Riley Donlon)

When the alarm clock’s buzz pierced the thick blanket of sleep that covered her, she pressed buttons and more buttons until the alarm stopped. Then she rolled over and retreated back into the safe warmth of sleep. She wasn’t ready to fight against her tired body.

This ordinary moment was written by Riley Donlon. Riley is a 10th grader at Homewood High School in Birmingham, Alabama. She likes to write, watch movies, and be with her friends. 

Your Turn:

What are you not ready for?

Also, take a few minutes to record an ordinary moment from today because our ordinary moments matter. I’d love for you to share your ordinary moment in the comments below. Or you can send me a few sentences about one of your ordinary moments and I’ll write a Days of Being entry to post online and on Instagram. If you’d like to participate, email me at

Days of Being is a micro-story project exploring memories and moments from every day of the year. Multiple years from my life and others’ lives are represented within the project celebrating what Madeleine L’Engle once said: “I am still every age that I have been.”