Saturday, 5 June 2021

My Night Shift’s Silver Lining

“I complained of having no shoes,
until I met a man who had no feet.”

You know that it’s going to be a long day when, after going to bed about 9:00pm, you’re lying awake at 12:30am and unable to get back to sleep. *sigh* Oh well, rather than toss and turn and disturb my bride’s sleep, I decided that, as I often do, I might as well get up and make the best of it. Someone once said that, “behind every cloud is a silver lining,” or something like that. It wasn’t long before I started to see that this sleepless cloud too had a silver lining.

It had a silver lining in that I could get a good soaking of water into the front lawn after a couple days of seeing the mercury in the +35C range. Before another hot day, I could almost hear the shrubs and trees sing out their songs of thanksgiving to the artificial rain of the sprinkler.

It had a silver lining in that, sitting on the deck with a coffee, a good book and this man’s best friend was once again bearable in the cooler morning air. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining of the heat. We did, after all see a cold snap not too many months ago that took us down to a chilly -55C. Furthermore, in light of a recent discussion with my Dad, he made mention of remembering a +51C when I was a young pre-teen. No, I am not complaining of our current +30’s temperature.

It had a silver lining in that I’ve long since discovered that the wee hours of the morning are really my favourite time of day. No, not at 12:30am specifically; that was a little earlier than usual. However, in my humble opinion, there is nothing quite as peaceful as a meditative and prayerful 3:00am when the house is quiet as everyone else still sleeps. That sweet time before the phone’s annoying ring announcing another crisis, before the endless notifications of yet another email requiring my attention; simply heavenly! The only sound I heard was a light snoring as my beloved fur baby fell back asleep on the deck. I am sure she appreciates the cooler morning air too.

So here’s to my night shift’s silver lining. Peace.  

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