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Sunrise – Sunset

On Tue, Jul 3 2012, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

I love the Fiddler On The Roof Soundtrack with Zero Mostel. But that is really not what this blog entry is about.

This blog entry is about sunrise and sunset. WELL – not just the sun – but how it intertwines with something interesting to me. Okay, here’s the thing. I lived in Florida for 6 years and loved it. It was hot and the hurricanes were not fun – but I really enjoyed the mild winters and the beach.

On my way to work each day, I would drive south. When you drive south to work, the sun rising in the east comes into your drivers side window. If it is raining – it really doesn’t bother you but when it is a sunny day – you get BLASTED. I know it sounds petty – one of those “suck it up” kinds of things. But when you drive to work day after day and every day without relent the sun is bearing down on you – you notice. I have driven on a few roads in Washington DC where you literally cannot see the stop lights because the sun is beaming at exactly the right angle blinding you – and frankly – every morning on the news you will hear about how it is causing an accident or some sort of traffic congestion.

Anyway, I spent 6 years driving to work every day and getting the sun shining in my eyes from the side keeping me hot and kind of annoying me on the way to work – don’t get me wrong – I’m thankful for every day that I have air in my lungs and can see the sun rise – but sometimes it just set the mood for me for the day – and I chose to let that mood not be the best it could it be.

Then I would head home.

Yup. Same thing. Unrelenting. The sun sets in the west and as I would drive home, north bound, it would blast me again. This time a little hotter from the full day of sunshine. It was something that I let get to me. In fact, I remember thinking to myself, I need to find a job that is north or west of where I live so that I can make sure the sun isn’t interfering with my commute.

As I drove in to work today (and I have been driving here for 19 months) it hit me. I have a LOVELY and GORGEOUS drive to work, every single day. I drive west in the morning and east in the evening. The sun is BEHIND me. I love it. I really do. Some mornings, the sun is coming up and hits the mountains as I drive toward them – really beautiful. And the fog over the lake is bright and beautiful when I drive by them on a dewy cool morning in the fall.

The only thing that would be better would be to not have a commute at all, and instead work from home and watch the sunrise from my porch with a cup of coffee. In lieu of that dream being a reality right now – I am GRATEFUL for the lovely drive that I have now. Feeling blessed. 🙂

PS. Thanks Dad for letting me have these beautiful images for this blog entry 😉

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