Morning rituals

Register daylight. 4:30am. Back to sleep.

Peek through one eye. Brighter. 8am. Feel heat pressing in all around. Wish for cool but realize have forgotten when that feels like.

Eri pokes head into room, looking squinty and cloudy. We acknowledge each other, but too hot for words. She wanders off.

Cold rinse in shower.

Coffee. Make peace with heat of stove for benefit of caffeine.

Second cold rinse. Stand naked in room, starting at clothes. They radiate heat. Dress.

Close eyes. Breathe. Alive. Healthy. Free. Gratitude.

Ready.

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