Six in the morning.
So says the Courthouse clock.
Never shy about telling the time.
The town ruffles its feathers.
A far-off rooster crows.
Every bird in town starts to sing.
Next thing you know, it’s almost 8.
7:50 to be exact.
The roar of traffic up El Paso (aka FM 1871) tells us so.
Those final 10 minutes to get to school intensifies.
And then it stops.
The eight o’clock hush.
Everyone made it on time.
All’s right with the world.
Onward into the day.
Oliver Grote opens up early at Country Collectibles.
PJ’s is already open with fresh coffee.
Now the banks are opening.
Must be 9:00.
People coming and going.
Next thing you know, it’s 9:30.
Suzanne or Wendy props open the door to Hinckley’s Country Store.
And then it’s ten o’clock.
Brenda Durst sweeps in front of Benjie’s Books & Gifts.
Open for business.
Willow Creek Café.
Open all the time, every day.
Time for dinner (aka lunch).
Law offices and title companies close for one hour.
You can count on it.
Next thing you know it’s 2 o’clock.
Then 5 p.m.
Traffic picks up.
The day winds down.
Six in the evening.
Another full round day.
Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.