Early Morning Walks
Cookie and I
I am one of those people that wakes up early every morning. It does seem kind of strange since I have been retired for seven years. However, those early morning hours starting at 5 a.m. are so peaceful. My wife is still asleep and our dog, Cookie is either curled up in her bed or stretched out on the floor snoring.
I used to work two jobs many years ago and often got up at 2 or 3 a.m. to go to my first job. I guess that habit has stuck with me. I rarely sleep past 5:30 even though I could sleep longer.
I go on the computer for a while, check my email and then see if I have any messages on Facebook. At 6 a.m. every morning I feed Cookie and put the coffee on to brew. As soon as Cookie is done eating we take our first walk of the day. It is so peaceful then, The air is still, it is quiet, often as we walk around at that time of the day we see no one.
At this time of the year it is still dark as we are taking that first walk. I often look up and see the moon shining brightly. It is amazing to think that there have been men walking on the moon. It must have been amazing for them to look up and see the earth from that distance. I think every little boy thinks of being an astronaut.
In the late spring as we take our walks at 6 a.m. it is already light. The birds are tweeting and I wonder what they are thinking. It reminds me of a few years ago when I was still working. I walked outside and there was a winter wren on a street lamp tweeting away. I tweeted and it stopped and looked at me. We tweeted back and forth for a short time and then it flew to a tree branch a few feet from me. It would tweet, I would tweet, and it would move it's head from side to side and look at me. After a minute or two of tweeting it flew away. It was one of my pleasant times with nature.
When it is light out at that time of the day we often see a squirrel or two and watch as they scurry about. Once in a while we see a cottontail rabbit. It is then that Cookie takes off and tries to pull my arm off. That is the beagle in Cookie, they want to chase after those rabbits.
In the spring the leaves are just starting to come out on the trees. Flowers are starting to bloom and blossoms are on some of the trees. I grew up in the country so I notice things that maybe other people don't pay attention to.
I am a simple man and I enjoy the simple things in life. I guess that is why I take such great pleasure in taking early morning walks with my dog, Cookie. She takes her potty breaks and I love taking in the simple things in life.
Copyright Larry W. Fish 2017