The Fifty Cent Tour

Monday, January 25, 2010

Day happens. Be there :)

I am always there, as if I am called to duty. There's really no task to accomplish or purpose for it, other than to just be still for a little while and to bask in that delicious, sacred silence.

Sssshhh! And no Fox News on blast either!

I stand every morning at the same place, at roughly the same time, my eyes focused to the east. I do this not out of routine, habit or religious observance or practice. It's just that for this, I always happen to show up on time.

I am an early riser, always have been. That does not mean that I am a chipper, perky, sing-songy,*"After I do a load of laundry I'm making pancakes for everyone as soon as I get back from my 3K !"* kinda gal at the crack of dawn, I'm actually quite the opposite. I want to be alone! And at this time of the day I relish being unapologetically selfish.

*No offense to anyone who actually does all of those things in the morning, that's wonderful! And if we were on Survivor I would sooo form an alliance with you! But if we're together during my morning time, I'd rather you get off the hamster wheel and dial it down to indoor monastery voices level.*

Ahh, this hour of the morn! I do love the freedom of being able to do my kinda things on my own time. I love the black and white of night streaming across the kitchen. I love the silence of being the only one up in the house, the only sound being house noises and early birds yapping it up outside.

I put the percolator on on and listen to it chuff away as it brews my delicious dark addiction. Ahhh that smell...and the colder it is outside the more intense it is. I pour it  into my favorite mug and hug the mug up in my hands, warming them...I take a sip and it colors me from the inside out. And then I park myself, right there at the kitchen sink, elbows resting on the stainless steel edge, eyes looking out of the window. I don't notice any dishes in the sink, I don't notice that someone forgot to put the apple juice back in the fridge. I really don't notice
that the kitchen trash needs to be taken out.

I just stand there and wait...and I don't mind this kind of waiting. I don't plan my day or forecast goals. I don't worry if my daughter has the foggiest notion that her book report is due in 3 days and she has yet to crack the spine on her book. I try not to think of anything...the only exception being if someone is in need of comfort or strength, which lately has kept me busy, usually... I am still, eyes focused to the east, waiting for the sun. I take my mug of coffee and place it on my cheek, I close my eyes and let the heat soak in. I could stand just like this for an indulgent eternity.

Sun lets her night robe cascade down and she reveals herself to me. Sometimes she is bright, beautiful, round, radiant and glorious! Her effect causing all she touches to cry out in color. Sometimes she is rather sullen and inhibited, eyes downcast and unsure.

Still she comes and I am there to greet her, as if she expects it of me.
Isn't she doing this for me anyway?

The morning breaks, the house comes alive. Color, a daughter needing socks, and the regularly scheduled morning activities shout out for my attention. Sometimes I feel I can take on the world with a smile, a swiffer and a parade wave... and sometimes I feel I can barely manage my own little corner of it with a dustbuster.

But day happens, every damn day...and I've got to be there :)

I find my inspiration in the steadfast rising sun and the words of Maya Angelou:

"Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise".

Peace ~ Rene

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  1. So well said, Lady Rene, that I were transported to that space-time-- so can sleep in in the morn! ha!

    Great words, Lady. Beautiful post.

  2. Me, too...still I rise. I guess it's like one of those sayings....if no one will do it then it won't get done. (Or something like that.) I just love the peacefulness of the day that you described.

  3. I have to say, that was really rather beautiful. I am trying to get back into the habit of rising early because I love the silence, the time I can set aside just for me. And what a great ritual you have for your early morning time.

    And what great writing--I especially loved 'delicious dark addiction,' that almost has flavour when you say it, it sounds so good!

  4. Ahh, favorite time of day. Just about every morning, I sit here in my own little corner of the world watching the same sunrise with you (and you thought you were alone...kinda creepy, huh?). Tomorrow morning I will look to the south and raise my coffee cup to you as the sun comes up. See you there.

  5. I'm an early riser too. Sometimes I'm up so early I see my son just going to bed!

    But I love being up and rambling around while everyone else is asleep. And really? it's better for them too: I'm not much fun for the first 7 or 8 hours of the day.

  6. Beautiful post--I also love the quiet, solitary early morning hours!

  7. Very well said, Rene. I love the quiet of the morning too.

  8. I love this!!
    I'm a morning person, myself. I don't work at the moment, but I'm still up by 6 a.m. Yeah, I'm the perky cheerful type! I annoy people, and I know it! For some reason, I enjoy the fact that it annoys people, though. LOL! It still doesn't mean I don't love my morning quietness. I also love my coffee...can't have one without the other.

  9. wonderful post. i usually greet the sun as well, with my cup of dark brew. love those quiet moments.

  10. Rene, I truly love this, and love your connection to the early morning. This piece is *so* well-written. And, it's inspirational. I am not a morning person, but have been trying to get up earlier. I may just try your daily ritual. (I was so relieved that you're not perky at that early time of day.) xo~

  11. Well said. Day came late for me this morning because my alarm clock decided to play in his room for a change instead of coming to mommy and daddy's room as usual.

  12. i, too, love,
    early morning sunrises.
    sounds of nature waking.

    silence is Golden!

  13. People always tell me to write a book! Where the hell is your book? You paint such vivid pictures. I did tell you that my cousins remembered you? The ones who were there, anyway.

  14. A much cherished time of day, indeed! I used to get up and run in the early morning hours (and be the kind of gal you wouldn't relate to), but I'm now able to do this after the sun awakes in the west. That time, before anyone in the house wakes up, is mandatory for a mother's sanity... and I'm sure it fuels your creative side too! Great post.

  15. you paint so well with words.

    "I relish being unapologetically selfish."

    really and truly

  16. I loved this......

    I am an early morning person, as well. I savor those moments when all is quiet and calm, and the day begins her gentle reveal.

  17. I wake up (week days)at 6:00 a.m., and relish the stillness before my day starts. Great post!

  18. Rene, your words of describing what I do every am...perfect! So lovely, I teared! Damn girl, get published already! :) :)


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