Be Safe


images Every morning, before the sun is up when I go out to run, the designated doorman never fails to say, be safe.

He knows I’m headed to the park oblivious to the navy sky I’m about to jog under.

What he doesn’t realize is what he doesn’t see, and that’s a cluster of others getting their miles in before work either on foot, bike or toe. images-1

I always start with a modest stretch before beginning, tossing in a set of back push-ups since, after all, soon it will be sleeveless season, watching runners gallop by like thoroughbreds.

How happy they look, as if, any moment they’ll liftoff, just loving the fact they’re there, hugged by Central Park in all her pre-dawn glory.

I watch the light change slowly, steadily as if it were on a dimmer switch, when suddenly, boom…there it is…


The squirrels are suddenly there to keep you company as you coast down Harlem Hill.  And what about the daffodils sprinkled like flutes…yellow missionaries reminding you, spring is on her way.

It’s interesting how rarely you hear the words, be safe, during the day when just as much could happen.  But at 6 a. m. in the heart of such wilderness, it’s truly, the last thing you think about as you rush into her waiting arms.    images-3



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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28 Responses to Be Safe

  1. micklively says:

    I share your predilection for early rising, though not your lust for exercise. There are few sights more cheering to the heart than a host of golden daffs.

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  2. I want a doorman! It’s like having a Fairy Godmother always there knowing what to say and do.
    There is nothing better than being present when the world starts waking up … peace at its best.

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, it sounds like you’ve landed in a very nice location. I hope it continues to make you feel happy and at home.

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  4. Elle Knowles says:

    How luck you are to have a doorman to wish you well…and Centsl Park so near by. I’m hesitant to go out before daylight to Ferry Park to run. Maybe because my eyes aren’t quite open yet! ~Elle

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  5. There is something so serene about being up just before daybreak and seeing the sun rise.

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  6. Patricia says:

    Sounds like you found a good place to nest. I sometimes think about getting up ear!y and exercising but then sense returns and I go back to sleep for awhile.


  7. Dawn is incredible. It is like a promise that today is new, fresh, filled with new grace and no mistakes…. I love your description of the park, someday I will see it. Thank you for this.

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  8. nikkispeaks says:

    I use to rise early for the gym at 5pm. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I loved it. There’s something about being up about while everyone else still slumbers. I’ve also been known in the summer months to wake and watch the sun rise. So peaceful.

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  9. Wonderful description of dawn, I felt like I was right there. I love that time of day, but I’m such a night person, I rarely see it unless I have to go to work early in the morning to get stuff done before class.

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