0623 and I woke after sleeping the sleep of the dead since I put my head on the pillow at 0047 this morning. What is it with this digital age that has robbed us of 'around twenty past six' or 'just before 1 o'clock this morning'?
I had switched off the 'do not disturb' on my phone so that I could hear when any emails came in. The last thing that I did before I went to sleep was reply to an email from Spesh on Lewis. Her news was that despite the world creaking around them they were safe and sound and had electricity. Gaz's news was pretty much the same. No ferries and the Braighe (between the Eye Peninsula where my house is and the rest of Lewis) was closed because of the storm.
I woke, picked up my phone and there was an email from Spesh saying that all was well and the storm was abating although it was predicted to pick up again at the high tide.
This year as I look out at a fairly chilly (for us) morning and drink my first cup of hot water and lemon I have been reading and watching the BBC news on the laptop and thinking about all those who have had their Christmas - and sometimes their lives - turned upside down. It would be just as bad to me at any time but somehow being Christmas it adds a new dimension to it.
To all my friends who believe in celebrating this day as being special in the calendar for religious purposes I wish you the peace to do so. For those of you who do not celebrate Christmas because it's not part of your culture I wish you the peace to carry on as normal. For those of you who are just hoping to have a good time with family and friends and eat too much and indulge far too much in the excesses of wanton materialism then I wish you a happy day nonetheless.
In the meantime spare a thought for the millions in our own countries across the world who would like to celebrate but who have nothing at this time (or any other time come to that): those who have no one with whom to share Christmas; those who are too poor to indulge in the rampant materialism; and those who have no food on their plate (indeed no plate even).