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Waking Up with the World

Dear Kid,

Good morning, world! DearKidLoveMom.comI love early mornings.

Well, no. I like sleeping in the early morning.

And I’m not really a fan of the whole “waking up” thing.

I’m not a fan of rushed early mornings (Three minutes to leave for the airport! Aooogah! Aooogah!).

But I find something luxurious in the rare early morning when I’m up and awake and not rushed.

The earth is quieter then. Even Manhattan (the City that never sleeps) is quieter early on weekend mornings. I could walk several blocks and not see another person early on Saturday mornings in New York. Just me and the city.

Here in the ‘burbs the feeling is slightly different. Other people seem to enjoy early morning quiet as well, so I generally see other human beings during those quiet hours. But no one has started mowing the lawn (usually), children aren’t running frenetically (yet), even the dogs are at peace with each other (sometimes).

I love having the time to watch the earth wake up. To take the time to look around and appreciate what is there, in that moment.

I’m busy these days. Very busy. And the break of a few minutes of early morning is pretty special. It’s a deep breath before I dive into the day.

I’d rather sleep another hour or two. But if I’ve got to get up, I’m going to try to find the very best in the day before time gets away from me.

Hope you’re having a good morning, too.

Love, Mom

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History, Access to Locker Rooms, and an Extremely Satisfying Bowl of Oatmeal

Dear Kid,

Have you ever noticed that History is full of Big Events (wars, natural disasters, the occasional Nobel Prize) but that life is made up of little events (breakfast, sunflowers, and the occasional hug from a child)?

In a way, that’s sort of a mismatch, don’t you think?

I understand the importance of mentioning Sir Frances Drake completing his circumnavigation of the world (1580) and the 1st Grand International Rifle match (1874) and several nuclear tests (a variety of years), but why don’t we ever mention something like “Bob Smith had a bowl of extremely satisfying oatmeal” or “James McKinney ended his craving by eating a pickle.”?

It’s important to remind ourselves of the big things that have been accomplished like NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley ruling that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms (1978). But why don’t the history books mention that On This Day In History MaryEllen Donett ruled that her two sons and a neighborhood boy couldn’t exclude their sister from their impromptu basketball game?

It’s a conundrum.

The Sleeping Philosopher. DearKidLoveMom.comI was going to ask Booker about it, but he’s sleeping. Also his usual answers to questions like that range from “How about a tummy rub?” to “How about a snack?” so I’m unlikely to find an answer there.

Or, perhaps tummy rubs, snacks, and an extremely satisfying bowl of oatmeal are the real answers and History just hasn’t figured out the right questions.

Love, Mom

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