Ed’s alarm went off twice, and he shook me awake. “I was up a lot with Lily last night,” I mumbled. She had had trouble sleeping; perhaps she is too excited about starting Kindergarten to sleep.
“Ginny…” Ed said. I got up.
As I stepped out the door early this morning, the cool air caressed my skin. I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, but I wasn’t cold; after many hot, summer days I craved this coolness. I started walking in the darkness.
As I reached my destination, I saw a white fog covering the wide open area I was about to enter. There was no other movement; everything was calm and quiet.
I rounded the first corner, and the sky was starting to lighten. As I rounded the second corner, I looked to the west. A large orange globe was kissing the tops of the trees. Although yet to be seen, the sun was making the moon blush brilliantly.
I rounded the third corner, and then the fourth corner.
A man and his fluffy white dog appeared, and we muttered “Good morning” to each other. The sky lightened even further, into a clear blue. The fog was disappearing, but the coolness of the early morning air remained.
I finished my second circling of the track, and headed back toward home. Even though the sun was still not visible, morning had arrived. I picked up the paper in the driveway and quietly went inside. Ed was gathering his lunch together and pouring coffee in his travel mug.
“Aren’t you glad you got up?” he asked.
“I guess,” I said with a smile.