4.09.2013

1. watch the sun rise

On the Saturday before Easter, I pulled a sweatshirt over my jammies, and a coat over that, and tiptoed out the front door at 6:30 to watch the sun rise over the mountains facing my parents' home.

It was still frosty, and in contrast to my abundantly layered body, I had on just a pair of cotton socks to keep my feet warm. It was a country-noisy morning...there were no people around and no sounds of traffic, but the birds reminded me that nature is never as quiet as we imagine it is.

sunrise

I had forgotten about the extra time the sun would take to climb over the mountains. So its rising time of precisely 6:46 a.m. came and went, and my feet grew numb. I breathed in the cool spring air and remembered the hundreds of other mornings that I walked out on to this chilly porch before the sun was up, to catch a yellow school bus, or later, to meet my friend for a ride to high school.

I was tired, but I appreciated that brief moment of quality time between me and the morning and memories.

sunrise

Eventually my mom's little blue Honda came around the corner, bearing hot, fresh Jersey bagels for all the bodies still warm in the sleeping house.

We met the cats at the door and went in together to make coffee and cut open slightly sticky French toast bagels.

sunrise

And at 7:15, I saw the sun peep over the mountains as I sipped my coffee and munched on my breakfast. In my mind, I crossed another one off the list.

12 comments:

  1. That sounds like the perfect morning! (And I can't say that French toast bagels sound all that bad, either. . .)

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  2. Beautiful. Sounds like a Thoreau kind of morning...I'm going to have to go read your list now!

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  3. um what french toast bagels?? what are those? definitely sunrise and great description of the morning those moments are some of the best

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    1. DELICIOUS, that's what! =) They have those and cinnamon roll bagels at this great place near my parents. The French toast ones are basically just egg bagels with a good cinnamon flavor and a light glaze on them.

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  4. french toast bagels?! tell me more. and those cats are the CUTEST EVER.

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    1. =) See above...delish.

      And they are adorable but VERY naughty. ;-)

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  5. Poignant post : ) May I use your photo of the cats for my Facebook timeline photo? I think that's the best shot ever taken of them!

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  6. This sounds so cozy and wonderful! I'm dying for a trip back home down south... Missing those country mornings!

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  7. Catching sunrises is my absolute favorite thing about living along Lake Michigan. Often, I'm up and getting ready as the sun is blaring a red, orange-y blanket over the lake and sky. It makes me happy just thinking about it. Glad you were able to take time to experience a sunrise at home.

    www.leanerbythelake.com

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  8. Oh...how terrific...a quiet morning in the country? It's a dream..except I'm not a morning person. I will, however, take those bagels.

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Thanks for making me smile. =)