I like walking the dogs early in the morning. Oh, sure, it is sometimes a pain to try & herd these two mutts around the block on their "sniff & pee" patrol, but I enjoy the early, pre-dawn quiet. There is something serene about the early morning hours that inspires me with new resolve. Typically, I take the time alone to go over the day's tasks, gather my thoughts and plan my attack on the day. I've won lots of debates (internal) with myself as I walk the dogs.
We also tend to see strange sites in the wee hours before dawn. Yesterday, as I rounded the backside of the neighborhood, I spotted some lit figurines in a neighbor's yard. A few people in my hood will decorate for the holidays. Some, who will remain nameless, Lynn, seem to decorate for every holiday. Now, this guy has not been one to put out a lot of decorations in the past. I don't recall too many decorations for other holidays, so I figured this was some Halloween ornaments. I know the family that lives there. Nice guy. Sweet wife. A couple of cute/young kids (2 girls, 1 boy) and they are always out walking at night. As I got closer to the two foot tall figurines (three), I was able to make out the statue of Joseph and Mary and one wise guy. I know people like to get a jump on the holidays, but ain't it a wee bit early?