I’ve always been an early bird. Even in retirement, my husband and I still get up around 6 am.
Weekday mornings are a pleasure for the retired. While the rest of the world hurries off to work or school, retirees often have the luxury of waiting until rush hour passes. Then we often have the road, the stores, and the restaurants to ourselves.
If you go to a popular restaurant for lunch on a Monday through Thursday, you often see gray haired couples, or ladies who lunch. Sometimes a bridge club will be holding its meeting and playing bridge at the same time. Imagine going into a Barnes and Noble cafeteria where you don’t have to wait in line for your Starbucks beverage and there is table available where you can read your book or get on your computer.
The gym is also less crowded. It’s easier to take a class, find an open piece of cardio equipment, or an open lane in the pool. There are fewer people competing for the benches of the weight lifting equipment so they can read their emails or texts. The locker room is not crowded with ten of your brand new BFFs.
While students and 9-to-5 ers countdown to the weekend, retirees countdown the hours until Monday morning–when the rest of you go back to your classroom, your office, or your factory.
Once or twice a month I drive to DC or Northern Virginia. If I time my drive right, I can get to Fairfax County from Charlottesville in about 2 hours. Otherwise, it can take 3 hours (if there are no traffic accidents or road construction). Along the way, there is seldom a line for gas or the McDonald’s drive-through if I need a break.
Summer can mean more teens and children around, but what you gain in kids, you lose in school bus traffic.
In addition to less people and less traffic, early mornngs have fresher air. In the summer, temperatures are cooler and plants are more refreshed. Birds sing and animals may be out and about. In the winter, retirees often have the luxury of waiting for the sun to melt the frost on their windshields so they don’t have to scrape.
Don’t pity us. It does suck to get old, but we have weekday mornings to enjoy.