The sun will rise / El sol saldrá

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

I WON’T SAY MUCH TODAY; I don’t want to depress you. After a few surprisingly up and energised days, I crashed Sunday. I spent the entire day at home and I didn’t even do a load of laundry. I can usually at least count that as an accomplishment. No need to explain my crash. I regularly have them and, besides, almost everyone is having them these days. So, here are photos of today’s dramatic sunrise. I got out of bed around 7:40 and, after looking out the window, decided it wasn’t going to be much of an event. I went back to bed with my back to the window.

At 8:05 I was still awake; San Geraldo looked up and asked, “Did you see the sunrise?” I responded, “Why? Is it worth looking at now?” “Yes,” he said. So I walked out on the terrace in my underwear and enjoyed the view (although, I don’t know if any neighbours did, but very few can see onto our terrace anyway).

I had a great walk this morning, fully dressed. San Geraldo and I just had lunch — leftover pulled pork! My state of mind seems to be improving. I think I’ll throw in a load of laundry. Speaking of which, San Geraldo’s Norwegian grandmother would often tell him she was doing the “shittin’ laundry.” He was always surprised to hear his sweet grandmother so casually use such language. It wasn’t until years later that he learned that in Norwegian, “skitten” (pronounced “shittin”) is a word for dirty. Oh well, I guess I said more than I planned.


NO DIRÉ MUCH HOY; NO quiero deprimirte. Después de unos días sorprendentemente animados y llenos de energía, me estrellé el domingo. Pasé todo el día en casa y ni siquiera lavé una carga. Por lo general, al menos puedo contar eso como un logro. No es necesario que explique mi depresión. Los tengo habitualmente y, además, casi todo el mundo los tiene estos días. Entonces, aquí hay fotos del espectacular amanecer de hoy. Me levanté de la cama alrededor de las 7:40 y, después de mirar por la ventana, decidí que no iba a ser un gran evento. Volví a la cama de espaldas a la ventana. 

A las 8:05 todavía estaba despierto; San Geraldo miró hacia arriba y preguntó: “¿Viste el amanecer?” Respondí: “¿Por qué? ¿Vale la pena mirarlo ahora?” “Sí”, dijo. Así que salí a la terraza en ropa interior y disfruté de la vista (aunque no sé si algún vecino lo hizo, pero muy pocos pueden ver nuestra terraza de todos modos).

Tuve un gran paseo esta mañana, completamente vestido. San Geraldo y yo acabamos de almorzar — ¡sobras de cerdo desmenuzado! Mi estado de ánimo parece estar mejorando. Creo que arrojaré una carga de ropa sucia. Hablando de eso, la abuela noruega de San Geraldo solía decirle que estaba haciendo la “shittin’ laundry” (mierda de ropa). Siempre se sorprendió al escuchar a su dulce abuela usar ese lenguaje con tanta naturalidad. No fue hasta años después que se enteró de que en noruego, “skitten” (pronunciado “shittin”) es una palabra para sucio. Bueno, supongo que dije más de lo que había planeado.


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

22 thoughts on “The sun will rise / El sol saldrá”

  1. Great photos. At least sunrises and sunsets can give us a moment of glory–even when other stuff is inglorious

    Love the Norwegian grandmother story.

    1. Mary:
      And I’ll take that glory wherever I can get it. News a bit better from the US now; that helps. Waiting (hopefully) for January 20. SG’s Norwegian grandmother died just before we met. I wish I could have known her.

  2. It is an absolute bitch to be at the mercy of mercurial moods, to wake up to realize one is in a crash and there is nothing to be done about it but wait it out, the day ruined. No fun this.

    1. Urspo:
      And you certainly understand. I so hate being told to change my attitude. I do my best but the attitude will change when it’s good and ready. Things feel a bit better today.

  3. I think that counts as Norwegian onomatopoeia, a word that sounds like what it means!

    That sunrise is spectacular. I think many of us these days are having down times now and then. How could we not?

    1. Steve:
      SG and I keep telling ourselves that most people are struggling right now. It doesn’t make me feel better but it makes me less concerned about my own mental state. News has improved a bit from the States. Covid news is awful but there’s now hope on the horizon. 2021 can’t come soon enough!

  4. Glorious sunrise photos – thanks! Ours have been dark grey changing to light grey (a schitten grey?) lately and not worth getting out of bed to see. Too bad I have to be out of bed anyway to walk the dogs. Hope your mood lightens more than our skies have!

    1. Wilma:
      My mood has definitely lightened a bit today. Beautiful blue skies and clouds again. Wishing you sunshine (inside and out).

    1. anne marie:
      What do you think about laundry — that it’s shittin’ or it’s an accomplishment? Hugs!

  5. I wonder if the neighbors keep binoculars for a better view? Mostly all I see is the neighbors pussy. (Cats!)

    1. David:
      The neighbours across the side street don’t need binoculars but there is almost never anyone on their terraces or even with their metal shutters rolled up. I’m pretty safe… and so are they. As for out front, if someone has a scope on the North African coast that’s strong enough to see me in my altogether, more power to them. They deserve to get something.

  6. That sunrise is dramatically beautiful. I am glad to hear that you don’t go out in public in your underwear, the neighbours might talk, it could be some flattering remark on your physique.

    1. larrymuffin:
      I’ve seen a number of guys on the beach (and even on the Paseo) in underwear they’re pretending are bathing suits. Many people don’t even give them a second glance. I would hope for a second glance.

  7. Your photos could win contests or be in magazines. Ever thought about publishing a book of photos?

    1. Frank:
      Thanks. I think about a lot of things. But, for now at least, I just enjoy keeping track of what I experience and sharing it with you.

    1. Kirk:
      I’m not quite sure what it was. Sometimes (often) it helps just to write and share with you all. Mine is not to question why…

  8. Love the photos I have some photos like 4 and 6.
    I have been sleeping way to much not good have way to much to do. Our moods are so weird.
    Take care xx

    1. Parsnip:
      Yes, moods ARE weird. And current times make them even more unpredictable. You have some incredible photos of your view.

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