Each morning I wake up before the rest of my family. Wintertime, it is dark and quiet outside; summertime, the birds are singing and the sun is rising. I enjoy the quiet and the solitude of the early morning before the home is abuzz with the activity of its residents. I take this time to reflect on the day that awaits me while I get ready for work, prepare breakfasts and pack lunches, tidy things away. During this time, I squeeze in moments to write and blog – especially over the weekend when my husband and teenage children sleep for longer.
Rise and shine, bright and early in the morning. This is the way I was brought up; and this is a habit that I have continued since adulthood. Except now I rise and reflect: on the past, on the future I aspire for, on the activities I will do during the day. The quiet moments of solitude help me to prepare myself for the day that will be filled with the sound of children’s chatter and the demands that are made on me by my young students. These moments also prepare me to help my own children at home and fulfil my obligations as a mother and a wife.
I would not give up the solitude I have when I rise each morning – even though it means I go to bed earlier than the rest of my family.
Do you rise and shine bright and early each morning?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Rise)