Weird flashes of insight in the middle of the night

Good morning! It’s 4am and I can’t get back to sleep.

Just had a thought – you know all those old narratives about heroic quests or battles, where some sentry falls asleep and then some other guy wakes up and manages to spot the enemy sneaking up just in the nick of time? Ever wondered why in those stories it’s always an older guy who wakes up and raises the alarm?

I used to think it was just a veterans vs newbies trope, but now I’m wondering…I present to you the embiggened middle aged prostate, unsung hero of countless battles.



Categories: history

7 replies

  1. It should, of course, be pregnant or breastfeeding women.

  2. Not so much for your standard heroic quest – women very short on the ground unless archetypal virgin warrior-princesses in those narratives.
    In real life war-camps awaiting an engagement with the enemy? Quite possibly a camp-follower would be the one to give the alarm.

  3. Yes, but that doesn’t explain you being on sentry duty…

  4. OMG that is so brilliant. I wish I knew a writer who wrote that type of fiction, I would so dare them to actually say it.
    Instead of being creative when I was awake in the middle of the night I worried instead about what it was that was wrong with me and finally decided to go to the Dr to find out. Out of all the horrible things I imagined, it was none of them. The Doc thinks perhaps carpal tunnel syndrome which apparently is notorious for waking you in the middle of the night. I think I’d rather be creative.

  5. *Whoosh*
    Not being in posession of a prostate, I mean (or as my SIL says, prostrate)

  6. I only just got that you were referring to me being awake in the middle of the night, thus my earlier confusion.
    *puts coffee on*

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