The New Morning Ritual

Getting up at 6:45 AM without an alarm clock.

Feeding the dog as I drink my day's first glass of Coke.

Bundling up in preparation for going outside. Hunting for a pair of gloves to protect my hands that are always cold.

Feeling the rush of the crisp winter morning air against my face.

Walking around downtown with Devon and watching him sniff everything and everybody.

Watching the early birds walk and drive to their offices as the city slowly springs to life.

Getting back inside to a warm apartment, allowing my frozen ears to thaw.