The Detail

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic
A little observation of a nice surprise...

Submitted: June 30, 2008

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Submitted: June 30, 2008



It was 1:30 a.m. and I was suddenly awoken by the phone ringing. It was the fire department and they were calling me in for a detail. They needed someone to go to one of the apartment complex in town. The apartment complex’s fire alarm system was shut down due to a lightning strike and the needed someone to stand watch. I looked over at my wife, lying there in sweet slumber, and reluctantly took the detail. I got up, got dressed and headed out the door.
It was dark when I arrived and the air was cool. I parked my truck and rolled down my windows. I could now smell the sweetness of the damp earth. It was almost a musty smell, but not offensive. The day had been humid and after the rain had ceased the air had cooled down quite a bit. I didn’t know if it was dew, or moisture left from the rain, that clung to the green blades of grass of the plush, manicured lawn. Whichever one it was, it sparkled in the moonlight.
I didn’t realize that I had position my truck in total view of today’s approaching sunrise over a meadow; it would be perfect. I would only have to wait a few more hours. It had been a while since I was up, and outside, during a sunset and was going to enjoy it.
I didn’t notice at first the dark blue, almost black, night sky turning a lighter shade, but when I did, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It was almost pointing me in the direction of the impending sunrise. It’s like watching a minute hand of a clock moving, you feel like you can almost see it happening. The clouds added color to the horizon and the sky grew lighter evenly across it all. The first color was an azure blue giving way to a somewhat lighter blue and eventually to an almost pale blue, before turning yellow and finally orange. It was impossible to determine where one color started and another finished. With each passing moment the sky grew brighter. The stars and moon were still in view. The stars would eventually give way, but the bright moon prevailed. The birds were chirping all the while for they were just starting their day.
As it got brighter, the horizon turned a hue of pink. The space now between the blue and yellow almost appeared green. The sky grew even brighter now and I would have to wait only a few more minutes for the sun to burst onto the scene. I was in awe and my thoughts turned to my wife, wishing she could be here with me; she was there however, in my heart and in my soul.

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