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    attend a continuing education class that began at eight o’
    attend a continuing education class that began at eight o’
    clock. He needed the fourteen credits to renew his clock.
    He needed the fourteen credits to renew his electrical
    contractor’s license. I promised I’d rise with him and
    make breakfast. While I let water run into the pot, I placed
    a bagel in the toaster and found the cream cheese. It
    was usually closer to eleven o’clock by the time we ate.
    This was really too early for food – and definitely too early
    for multi-tasking.

    “Coffee, I need coffee!”  Bill yawned as he came down the
    stairs. I handed him a hot cup of fresh brew and asked if
    he actually wanted that bagel in the toaster. “Nah. Coffee
    will be fine. I need to wake up.”

    He'd shaved and washed his face and was dressed. He
    looked so handsome and appeared alert and ready to
    go. I reminded him to take his pill and asked, "Do you
    need paper and pen?"

    “No – well, yes – I mean, I took my pill. I don’t need paper.
    Books and all are supplied or should be for two hundred
    bucks!”

    We still had a few minutes until Bill had to leave. Jake
    needed to go outside so we opened the sliding glass
    door to the porch and followed, pulling up chairs at the
    glass-topped patio table. Bill commented, “I wish I hadn't
    slept through the alarm.” Shrugging his shoulder he
    smiled and gave me a little wink. “Thank you for the
    second cup of coffee. I think it's starting to work.”

    hallway and quickly combed my fingers through my hair.
    Piling it at the top of my head, I secured a hair band in
    place. As I descended the oak wood treads, the only
    sound heard in the quiet of the morning was our dog
    place. As I descended the oak wood treads, the only
    sound heard in the quiet of the morning was our dog
    sound heard in the quiet of the morning was our dog
    Jake’s claws tapping on the hard surface as he followed
    me.Jake’s claws tapping on the hard surface as he
    followed

    Entering the kitchen, I flipped on the light and was glad I
    hadn’t left any dirty dishes in the sink from the night
    before. The white countertop tiles looked so clean, and
    our new stainless steel appliances were stunning.
    They'd replaced old ivory ones and the new look still
    amazed me.

    While I started to make the coffee, Jake seemed
    bewildered to see me moving around so early. He’s such
    a smart dog. We got him as a puppy. Turning nine this
    year, he is beginning to show his age. He hadn’t raced
    me down the stairs but instead followed me rather
    cautiously. This morning he didn’t take his usual place in
    the middle of the kitchen floor where I would have to step
    over him but instead sat next to me looking up with
    quizzical eyes. His face showed so much expression. I
    looked at him and said, “Daddy’s got school today.
    Okay?” For a moment, he paused then seeming to
    accept this explanation, left me for his favorite spot.

    Since last year we’ve made it a point not to get up before
    eight. It’s our way of giving ourselves benefits as
    members of the self-employed. We indulge ourselves
    until the sun shining through our bedroom window
    wakes us up. It’s been nice; just a small treat. Today,
    however, Bill had to get up earlier. He was required to