Friday, June 4, 2010

What's your favorite hour..

{re-print because...well..I liked it..}

Not, are you a 'morning 'person or a 'night' person.

Not what's your favorite time of the morning, noon or night..... What is your favorite hour?

Do you have one?

I do.

Surprise, surprise, huh?

It's 4 o'clock in the afternoon. I don't really know for sure why -it just always has been.

Ever since I can remember. Ever since I thought about it, which apparently has been for a long time.

4 o'clock.

Maybe it's because school's out...

.. but supper's not yet ready ....( my Mother always had supper ready at 5 o'clock )

Maybe it's because work day is almost done.

I'm not sure why I love it so much...the light's too strong in the summer for great photo shots.

 But it is pretty in the winter..and in the fall, incredible..
There are even a few 'memorable' 4 o'clock for me....

Once, when we were thinking about moving from Colorado to San Francisco. I was already out there working, before the family joined me.

I went to the pier after finishing up my day early and saw the most incredible sight. At least it was quite incredible for a girl from Arizona by way of Colorado - seals!

On the landings - just soaking up the sun! And not in a zoo!

Real, live, WILD seals! It was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

I got so excited, people must have thought I had some sort of affliction.

But I remember it so well. One of the highlights of my constant "work travel " at that time.

Another time, another place. This time in Texas. We had just rented a house after living in apartments for a long time. Randy and I were recently married. The kids were having a blast in "their yard".

I remember it was a Monday. The restaurant Randy's Dad owned and we both worked at was closed on Sundays and Mondays. It was early fall - I think November. Just when the 4 o'clock sky needs a little help with indoor lighting.

I was cooking supper. We were NOT having fast-food, as we did most of the busy week. This was a day off, and I wanted to cook.

The kids were watching TV and some were  playing outside. I could hear them laughing and having fun. I felt as if it were as close to perfection as any of the families on TV I had grown up with. Now, if only I had on an apron....

A house. A husband. A family. Fall.

AND 4 o'clock.


So, what's YOUR favorite hour of the day?? Think about it - it might just stir up some pretty amazing memories.



Connie said...

Colleen -- We would never see each other ! I am so very much a night person. I would say about 8 pm and I'm ready to go out and walk for 45 minutes. Things are slowing down, and it's family or do it yourself time.. Like blogging.
In school, those 8 am classes I don't even remember sitting in the classroom, let alone what what the teacher said. We are just wired that way, I guess.
For years my Mom told me that someday it would all change. It never did.

diane said...

Now you've got me thinking..ummm ummm ummm .....I'm a morning person. I take a while to roll out of bed then go for a first its laboured but after a while its enjoyable. After I get home and have a shower, comes the best hour, when I sit down to breakfast with hubby and read the paper and do the crossword. In summer it is 7-8 in winter 8-9 or later. When I'm working it gets shortened to half an hour.

Vicki said...

Daybreak....nice, peaceful and still quiet. Well, in the country anyway..

Life is good! said...

6:00 am. quiet, not yet hot and no phone ringing!

Laurie said...

Dusk. The time changes throughout the year, but I love dusk, or the gloaming as I call it. The birds change their tunes, the stillness and quiet, I sit outside til dark comes.

Lucy said...

Whatever the hour is during the year just before the sun comes up. It's very quiet and for a moment even the birds take a deep breath and breathe it in. I wish it would stay like that all day long. But then I wouldn't enjoy it as much.

Ming said...

Hmmm, I will have to ponder a bit longer to figure out what hour is my favorite time of the day but I wanted to thank you for reposting this. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I missed it the first time around!
Hmmm, let me ponder a bit and get back to you :-)

Emmy said...

It depends on the time of year for me...

-During the school year: It would have to be 5 o'clock or 5:30, because all my friends and I are together for the first (and only) part of the day where we have dinner together and talk for hours :)

-During the summer: Hmm...I'm not sure...I guess I'd say I actually rather like 4 myself :)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I'm a 'Morning' person.

But I love Twilight. "L'heur blue" or however the French say it. Time of "Painter's Light," it's also called.

I love how the near-setting-sun casts a golden glow on everything... Like the green of grass and trees.


Just Breathe said...

I don't believe I have ever given this much thought. I think when my children were little and in bed asleep I loved that time of day!
Cute post, glad you re-posted it.