He crawled in the bed as if maybe he hadn’t woke me using the bathroom and brushing his teeth and said “I’ve got a surprise for you in the morning.”

Could YOU have gotten back to sleep?

I tried.

But the harder I squeezed my eyes shut the more awake I became until 2 (maybe 5 or 10?) minutes later I responded,

“You cannot do that.”

“There’s no way I can sleep now. I have to know.”

I’d been asleep for 2 hours already.

It was 12:30 a.m.

But Sal is a night owl and after I fall asleep he goes to his study and does whatever until late.

Sometimes I wake up when he returns.

Sometimes I don’t.

But I definitely do if he says “I’ve got a surprise for you in the morning.”


Either tell me or don’t hint.

Between REM cycles is a fragile time. You can’t dangle surprises there.

You either have sleep-disrupting-worthy news or you stay as quiet as possible and respect the beautiful thing that is a full night’s rest in progress.

He knew what he was doing, too.

And when he told me the surprise (after months of looking he’d found the exact used SUV I wanted in the ONLY GOOD COLOR with low mileage in San Antonio at a CarMax, immediately reserved it, and it would be hauled to our local dealership), I could feel the potential energy turn kinetic.

Of course he had tested to see if he could wake me up to tell me.

He’d just pounced on an opportunity.

You know how that feels.

You’d risk a grumpy wife’s night’s sleep to celebrate the win.

Newsletter lesson here:

Make each issue worth disrupting someone’s day.

Be the surprise deliverer.

Imagine the subject line jetting across their phone: “Psst! I’ve got a surprise for you when you read this.”

Then deliver. Make them feel as special as me having a husband who spends his late nights trying to find me the exact SUV I want.

This week’s issue has some newsletter advice worth clicking through to read. I hope you like it.

P.S. Lunar Rock is the only good color.

P.P.S. I got back to sleep around 4.

Ashley Guttuso  

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