As summer vacation beckons, the early morning sun helps inspire me to get moving for the last weeks of school in May and June. Even when I am feeling exhausted, there is something about early morning light that lightens the load. Then summer arrives and with it are dozens of unscheduled mornings. In the summer, I often awaken early for a girl who doesn't have to go to work, usually around 7:15. I love the quiet of the early morning, especially one that doesn't feature a requirement that I get moving to face the day.
On my last morning in California, I was up even earlier than usual for our flight home. The horizon was dark at that hour and it wasn't until we settled in at the airport after 6 am that the sun began to rise. As I watched the light fill the sky around the mountains, I realized that early back-to-school mornings are just around the corner. I've grown accustomed to summer mornings featuring lovely light bathing my world. But a quick check of the sunrise and sunset chart for September reveals a truth I know far too well: the daylight is shrinking and my back-to-school mornings will start in hazy darkness.
Though classes don't begin until September 9, as of last week I was making forays into work. This week will feature the same; I was out of bed and drinking coffee outside by 6 am this morning. I watered my flowers and the garden and stopped to watch the pink sun rise, a sight I never tire of admiring. I am at work to get plans in place for my new Middle School responsibilities. Next week, the rest of the faculty will be there to make it official: school is about to begin.