Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything speaks to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it. – Anne De Lenclos from Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
In the gamut of all we inherit from our parents, I’m eternally grateful that my DNA carries the early rising gene. No one ever needed to take me in to have me tested for the marker – I’m positive for wee hour waking so predictably that I rarely need to set an alarm.
My favorite part of the day is early writing with coffee, before I make a peanut butter milkshake to begin the day and head off to work. Years ago, when I lived just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island on the mainland, the view from the top of the bridge at sunrise – boats on the water parting the smooth glass surface – was there for all my admiring on my commute to school. As beautiful as it was – still is – I’m eternally grateful to live on a small farm with no close neighbors and a sunrise that greets me each morning with a reminder that every sunrise, with its golden-buttery fingers, wraps in its warmth the promise of another day with beauty to be admired no matter where we awaken.
My husband once believed that vacations and weekends were created for sleeping in……