As I pour steaming tea into two cups, I realize I have been on my feet for over an hour and its not yet 7 am. I hand over the cup to the husband and hasten to sit down. 7 am is clearly the busiest time of my day. My younger son leaves for school, the husband starts his preparations to go to office. Yet, today is a peaceful day as I do not have any early morning calls which typically start at 7.30 am. We take our cups of tea to the balcony from where we can see the son as he boards his school bus. I check the balcony ceiling niches which is host to a few sparrow families. They look cute bundled up with their heads bowed and eyes tightly shut making you long to snuggle into bed again.
Our balcony looks out to a wide street. I will call it street as it has not become a fully functional road yet. I am enjoying it now as in a couple of years, it will become a mighty arterial road. When I had moved to my previous house, we were on a similar road with occasional vehicles. But soon it became an arterial road connecting to different places and the noise became unbearable.
Our street is still picture perfect with two big trees in the center of the road as dividers and some small ones just growing up. At 7 am, the road also experiences its peak activities. Our home is in the center of three schools and two playgrounds. It is a haven for morning walkers and dog walkers. We can see every breed of dog here supported by a whole lot of stray dogs. There are some dedicated dog feeders who get their food in bags to feed the strays. There are the pigeon feeders too.
Then there are the school going children in their bright uniforms, their parents in all sorts of nightwear, yellow school buses and some parents dropping their children on two wheelers and the office goers. There are no auto-rickshaws on this side of the road and so everyone walks over to the rickshaw stand which is about 300 m away which is a blessing.
While the muggles go about their lives, there is a lot going on the trees around. The tree in the middle of the street is full of sparrows and mynas. They are ever eager to tweet their good mornings as they flit on its branches. My balcony being opposite the tree, I have set up a bird feeder. I have also got small creepers and other plants on the balcony. There is a steady stream of sparrows from the tree to the balcony and vice versa.
I wave out to my son as he gets into the bus and I get back to the kitchen for the next round of breakfast preparation. And finally, at 8, solitude.
Are your mornings as hectic? Do you look out for peaceful moments?
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