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This fall our daily routine changed dramatically. My husband started a new job which was 40 minutes away and in another time zone. We are a routine family - shower times coordinated, departure times were scheduled and dinner was on the table most nights at 5:15.
Then the new job.
Our day now started at 5:30 with new coordinated shower schedules. My husband was in the bathroom while I ate breakfast and then we switched. The house was quiet, and the two of us went about our new routine in pretty much silence. My husband took me to school, and we were out of the house usually by 6:15. We no longer saw our children before we left. This was the new routine and left an empty feeling in our hearts.
Now the old job.
The first of the year a decision was made and our life took a turn. My husband is no longer with that company, and our house is smiling again with the sounds of morning. "Good morning" and "have a good day" are the bookends to our new routine.
The Sounds of Morning
alarm clocks ringing
cereal bowls clanging
to a new day