#4 Breakfast

I’m naturally lazy and, given the chance, I think most people probably are. It may just be lazy thinking, but I find work hard work. As a supply teacher, I both rejoice in and bemoan days without work. These are days in which I can almost feel myself slipping further into debt, and yet they are also a gift, six hours of my own.


The preparation of a leisurely breakfast is something to savour. Unhurried by the school run, there is the chance to actually observe coffee percolate, toast toast and an egg coddle. The eating of it (inside/outside? Radio/tv? In bed?!) is the domestic equivalent of matins. Each unhurried mouthful of food a moment of meditation and unity.

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