Rise and Shine

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 momentsย also prepareย 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.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeDo you rise and shine bright and early each morning?

ยฉ Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Rise)

30 thoughts on “Rise and Shine

  1. Good morning, Colline- I’m your neighbor at Five-Minute Friday today. I, too, love the quiet stillness of morning, but lately, it’s really hard to wake up before my children do- they are often up long before the sun, and the sun comes up early right now! Maybe when they are teenagers, they will sleep late. ๐Ÿ™‚ Blessings on your day and your weekend!

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  2. I do, yes ๐Ÿ™‚ As the days get shorter I get less and less sleep because we usually go to bed around 11.30, but I can’t stop myself from waking when it gets light Sometimes a struggle to stay awake in the bath ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend, Colline!

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  3. “I would not give up the solitude I have when I rise each morning”- the same for me: early in the morning (5 to 7 a.m.) means time for blogging, thinking, playing guitar… greetings from


  4. Ah no, I am an owl Colline. Have always been to my mother’s utter despair! ๐Ÿ™‚ I treasure the silence of the night when everyone is in bed and I can finally reflect in peace ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I’m not a morning person, so I’m rarely up before anyone else. But I have to admit that the times I manage to do it, I do enjoy the special quiet.


  6. For years I looked forward to retirement so that I could sleep in – only to find I wake earlier now than when I was working! At first I found it frustrating, but now I enjoy being an early riser, and my horses appreciate their early breakfast! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. I’m not an early bird like you, cause I have trouble sleeping, but I know how important it is to have peace and quiet when one gets up ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. I am also an early riser. I have to wake Trompie up in winter to go for our first early walk. After the first walk I’ll move in behind my laptop and visit blogland for an hour.


      1. Yes, if I get up later I feel as if I missed some time. My body also does not want to be in bed as soon as I wake up(age has an influence)


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