11.18.2008

Good Morning

Before we moved to Portland, back when I was a public school teacher in the Bronx, mornings had a very different feeling to me than they do now. I used to wake painfully early to the sound of an alarm that blared in the pitch black morning. I'd stumble around the apartment in a half-asleep daze, confused by being torn too early from my rest, bumping into furniture in the darkness. Occasionally, I'd be so taken with exhaustion that I'd be in tears in the shower, crying over nothing in particular, but feeling like I didn't have the energy to face another day... another really hard day. When I finally got myself together enough to leave the apartment, and after I'd returned once or twice our place to retrieve the Metrocard or keys I'd somehow always manage leave on the table in the front hall, I'd make my way to the subway, which was often its own morning battle. And another day would begin.


Now that we've moved and I've changed jobs, mornings have such a different quality to them. I wake without an alarm, often in time to see the sun rise over Mount Hood from where I lie in our bed. I have a leisurely couple of hours during which I sip on several cups of coffee. I take strolls around my neighborhood in Portland's amazing morning sunlight. I stop at the cafes and fabulous bakeries we are so lucky to have here. I work on jewelry. I meet up with breakfast dates. I hang out with Barry. I get in indulge in all of the simple things that make me love living. My work day starts three hours later than it used to, and that time allows me to make the start of my day truly wonderful, making mornings my favorite time of day. I never thought I'd say it, but I am officially a morning person.


So, friends, what time of day do you love?

20 comments:

beki said...

You've officially made me want to quit my job (okay, I've always wanted to do that). I wish I had that time in the morning. Your description of the alarm clock in the dark is all too familiar.

JanelleGrace said...

Wow... I'm rather burnt out right now, I can barely pull myself to get out of bed and make it to work, weekends are so great- to sleep in just a little, wake up slowly with my boyfriend right next to me, enjoy breakfast together... I wish I could do that everyday.

april said...

Awww, this post gave me the warm fuzzies! It really is such an indulgence to not have to rush around in the morning! Although your story of mornings before school sound absolutely horrendous to me, I bet it really does make your new morning rituals seem a MILLION times more special!
Also, that photo of the chair shadows on the honeycomb tile is so absolutely STUNNING! When's your photography show happening? srsly.

april said...

Oh yeah... aren't those the shoes that I was drooling over at your work? I'm so jeals!

holly said...

I love this post! I love all of the wonderful changes and new routines you take part in. Sounds like life is wonderful!

I am most definitley a night person - always have been. I enjoy the night when I get a little down time for myself after a busy day. I love sleeping in on the weekends, too.

lealou said...

It's funny -- I actually love the early mornings. I work at home and sometimes get up when my husband leaves for work (6:30 am) and I just mill about. I love wasting time. I use that time to sew, read, catch up on blogs, stare outside...I just love that time. Of course there are many times when I just lay in bed until I have to get to work, but since I don't have to leave the house, there is never any rush!

pricklypearbloom said...

I love mornings when they can be like that. Weekend mornings for me. Weekday mornings start out quite like your old ones in the Bronx did.

shari said...

oh susan. i want to read this again and again. glad you have such beautiful mornings. xo

betsy and iya said...

Okay. Okay. Are you really this great? I'm so not supposed to be writing this right now. I have an order to get out (two days ago), but if I don't take the time to tell you that this post also gave ME warm fuzzies, I'd feel ...sad. After our glorious time in beerland, Will told me he hasn't seen me laugh that hard in a long long time. Thanks for that. It was so lovely.

Jamie Watson said...

I enjoyed this post. I am a morning person. I have so much energy in the morning and I never want the mornings to end. Sometimes if I get up earlier than usual and go for a walk or run, I feel like I somehow got a head start and it makes me feel smart! (-:

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

Up at 5, careful not to make too much noise or wake my boy, just to be at my desk at 7. so I could leave at 4 to avoid downtown trafic, but it really never worked out.
no more- I eat breakfast at the table- drink coffee out of a cup, not a travel mug + walk 5 blocks to work.
Like you, I used to hate the mornings- I love them so much now.

kattmd said...

I love mornings too. I get up about 45 to an hour earlier than my kids. This way I can have my coffee and read a few pages of whatever book I am reading. I'll also check my email and make a "to do list". Then once the kids are out the door I lace up my sneakers and take a 3-4 mile walk with my two labs. I'm home before 8:45. It's perfect. I've been doing this for almost two years now and it's truly the best part of my day. I think my dogs love it too :)

vanessaann said...

your morning sound so nice! waking up without an alarm must be nice! (although i love the newness of the morning, but i'm more of a night person by nature)

Mom said...

Dear Suzy,

I knew that your teaching days had really gotten difficult but wanted to weep when I read how bad they actually were.

Much as we miss you and Barry am so glad that you landed in a place where you truly find joy and happiness. Love, Mom

amandajean said...

this is such a great post, susan. I love the end of the day when the kids are finally in bed and I get to relax with my husband before going to bed. uninterrupted reading, movie watching, snacking. mmm. it's good.

Knitsonya said...

I guess it's that "have" to as opposed to "want" to. With mornings like yours, who wouldn't want to be a morning person. Bakeries, mmmmmm.

Miz S said...

This post made me very happy for you. Your teaching stint (the little I know about it) sounds horrific. How wonderful that you were able to take control of your life by making that move.

ambika said...

I have *always* been an early riser. Only after living with Ben did I realize how much so. I'm generally up, focused and crossing things off my list moments after I get up while getting to errands before noon takes effort for him. Part of it I think, especially now, is the quiet and sense that I get lots done with fewer people around. Part of it too is that's just when I have energy.

house on hill road said...

love those shoes.

morning person - but not the early rising kind. just the day is full of potential feeling....

amisha said...

what a beautiful ode to a later-starting morning! i felt much the same way, going back to school... i hated the rush-rush in the dark of my early workday. not having to be on campus till late morning makes those early hours so much more pleasant!
xo