Town Mouse

Morn­ing treats

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

AD­VENT has trans­formed the rhythm of morn­ings at home. The chil­dren don’t idle in bed or read books in­stead of get­ting dressed. They don’t even com­plain about hav­ing to brush their hair and do their teeth. In­stead, they rush through the morn­ing rit­u­als and stand ready at the door pre­pared for school at the ap­pointed hour. Un­for­tu­nately, this is not ev­i­dence of some Da­m­a­scene ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s sim­ply that, through the gen­eros­ity of a neigh­bour and a babysit­ter, we have three choco­late Ad­vent cal­en­dars. So with the prom­ise of open­ing a door and guz­zling the con­tents, I can briefly be­have like a Vic­to­rian par­ent de­mand­ing ac­tion, speed and some sem­blance of obedience.

The only dif­fi­culty comes when try­ing to work out who should get the third choco­late. It’s prob­a­bly a ter­ri­ble thing to take ad­van­tage of, but the prospect of 25 con­sec­u­tive morn­ings free from Wag­ne­r­ian strug­gles feels like a pro­found and won­der­ful treat. And what morn­ings they have been to en­joy: cold, clear and crisp. Lon­don pos­i­tively glis­tens in the sun­shine and, in ev­ery view of the city, col­umns of steam and con­den­sa­tion rise up like the smoke from thou­sands of chim­neys. Tonight, we are all off to Peter Pan—christ­mas beck­ons. JG

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