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Early Session

I like to stay up late at night and sleep late in the morning.  (See Night Owl)

But of course I couldn’t indulge those preferences during all my years working at a school,  especially the semesters I was on early session and had to punch a time clock at the ungodly hour of 7:40.

But then I had my morning routine down to a science – I’d set my alarm for 6:30,  hit the snooze button until 6:45,  wash and dress by 7:00,  down a protein shake and get to my car by 7:20,  and then drive the 5 miles to school,  sipping my tea from a paper cup on the way. (See Going Back to Work)

Not surprisingly I much preferred the semesters I was on late session and could get a little more sleep in the mornings.  But I must say on my early session dawn commutes seeing the sun rise over the city was a gift heaven sent!!

– Dana Susan Lehrman

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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Tags: Dawn, Sunrise, Morning
Characterizations: funny, moving, well written


  1. pattyv says:

    Reading this made me think of all the jobs I had and the insane hours I kept. I too was a born night owl and had to wise up when the teaching agenda demanded an infallible AM start. Sad part is, I could never give up those magical hours of the night and so I managed to live on hardly any sleep, till this very day. Sunrise and sunset have become mythical creatures in my day, appearing overhead and warming my soul.

  2. Dave Ventre says:

    If there’s one thing that can get a person up early, it’s the need to make a living. Long ago I worked as an environmental consultant on a bridge construction project in Salem, MA. I lived in Quincy, MA, on the other side of Boston. With no car. Construction crews start EARLY! Red line to downtown, walk, commuter train to Salem, longer walk, pick up company van with equipment and haul my exhausted butt to the site, then the reverse to get home, every damned day.

    I was never so glad to get laid off!

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    Your morning routine was down to a science, Dana. Of course, you hit snooze while I jump out of bed before the alarm goes off. Different strokes. Great picture of the early morning drive into the city.

  4. Jim Willis says:

    I enjoyed your story about your early-morning preferences and adjustments. Work schedules can definitely clash with our personal preferences for rising and retiring. When I worked the 3-midnight newspaper shift and my weekends fell on Monday and Tuesday, it took me awhile to adjust. I came to enjoy starting my weekend when everyone else was facing a gloomy start to the work week, though!

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