the joy of the early hours

By my son’s standards, it’s still nighttime when I like to wake up. Though I’m just as groggy as anyone, rising early comes easier to me than some because I like to be up early. There’s a peace that comes with morning quiet, when everyone is still asleep and will be that way for a couple of hours. A time for drinking tea instead of coffee because the grinder will wake everyone up (note to self: maybe get a good hand grinder for early mornings).

It’s a time for reading and studying and writing as I am doing now. Lighting a candle. Quiet contemplation of hard words.

The joy of the early hours is worth the stinging eyes that inevitably come when it’s time to wake up after not enough sleep.

Dan Alcantara

Dan Alcantara