My job, just a few months old, starts so early that I'm getting accustomed to not just being outside, but being near my office building "by the dawn's early light," as our national anthem puts it.
I've been enjoying the sight of a flag flying over a low building as I walked toward work. But this week, for the second time since early October, I haven't been able to see the flag in the morning. For the second time in six weeks, the flag has been lowered to half-staff.
Twice in recent days, I've missed the sight of that flag. So I've started singing:
O say, can you see
by the dawn's early light
what so proudly we hailed
at the twilight's last gleaming?
If you've never sung that -- or never even gone looking for the flag -- early in the morning, I recommend trying it. It gives the words quite a boost.
I haven't noticed anyone else singing along. But that's not going to stop me. To paraphrase one of my favorite Lerner and Loewe songs from "My Fair Lady," they can stop and stare, they won't bother me; for there's nowhere else on earth that I would rather be.
Amid all the noise about the national anthem and people's reactions to it, have you tried just singing along?
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