Before anyone wakes, I rise to greet the day. It's chilling air nips at my bones. I barely notice the goose bumps that rise to the surface. The giant red blanket wraps its arms around me on the back porch as I clutch my mug of coffee. Steam rises and warms my face. Damp leaves carpet the ground and continue to fall from their homes. Unseen birds harmonize with the wind rattling the trees' branches.

I close my eyes and succumb to the moment of bliss...

It never last long.