Do you know what my favourite time of day is?
What do you mean, ‘yes’? 🙂
I was pondering this very question the other day. There are several contenders for the title.
First, there’s the early morning.
No, stay with me here. I’m not talking stupidly early, but I like to get up half an hour before everyone else in the house (on weekdays at least) so I can get ready, have breakfast and a shower and so on before I need to go wake everyone else up.
But the best bit? The very best bit?
That cup of tea. The first cup of the day, nice and strong and absolutely piping hot. I like to sip and savour it whilst standing in the kitchen looking out of my window and contemplating the day ahead. The peace and quiet before I wake the horde above… It’s a moment to be savoured, and absolutely worth getting up slightly earlier for.
Next is lunchtime. Not only does it involve lunch (yay, food), but it’s a chance to get up and away from my desk, stretch my legs and go for a wander, and, quite possibly, a nice cup of something hot. Yes, there’s a trend emerging…
Just sitting and watching the world go by, or reading a good book.
The rest of the day is inevitably pretty busy with other assorted Real LifeTM stuff. The school run, tea, helping the kids with homework (mainly reminding them that they do *have* homework and can they get on with it please, it’s due in tomorrow!), playing games (once homework is done). All of which are good in their own ways.
But my favourite bit? My *absolute* favourite bit?
After everyone has gone to bed. Sometimes late at night I go outside and just revel in the peace and quiet. Just for a few minutes. The silence that the end of day brings. Cars have got to where they’re going to. The street is peaceful, apart from the occasional fox or even more occasional hedgehog bumbling past. On a clear night I like to take a breather and just look at the stars. Put the world in perspective.
On a slightly-related-but-not-really-but-I-like-it-so-here-it-is note, there’s a wonderful video over at TED, where Rives talks about 4am. It’s brilliant. As they put it
Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o’clock in the morning.
It’s one of my favourite of the TED talks, and well worth eight minutes of your time.
What’s your favourite time of day?