Just down the road apiece from the Lazy 'C' Ranch where we live is a road called Cromwell Bridge Road. The old Ma & Pa (Maryland and Pennsylvania) Railroad used to run through there, and you still can see mighty remnants of the old bridges that the trains ran along. It's a pretty area, it runs to the Loch Raven Reservoir, and the stories we could tell about that site would fill a whole 'nother blog.
Along Cromwell Bridge Rd, someone got out of his or her car and painted a perfect little white heart on the macadam. As you see, there is no shoulder along the road whatsoever. In fact, I wanted to get a picture of the painted heart, but there is no place to park the car and get out to snap a photo. Walking or jogging along this road is a risky proposition. The cars and the trucks, they do whiz right on by.
That's why I deduce that whoever painted that heart did so in the middle of the night, the only time when you're not about to get "runned over" while trying to get the picture. He or she pulled over, hopped out with the can of spray paint, and did his or her thing. And it's been there a couple of years now, so someone came back and refreshed the heart not long ago.
It makes me wonder what else happens in the night. Take those real estate and "O'Hoolahan for Sheriff" signs you see along the medians and sidewalks. Have you ever actually seen anyone pounding those staked signs into the ground? Nor have I.
Fresh bread and milk get delivered to the Bag-Ur-Self and you never see the trucks. For that matter, you never see the trucks leaving the dairy farms, shiny tankers full of raw milk, and you'd have to get up pretty early to drive past the bakery to whiff on the rye and whole wheat loaves.
The paper gets tossed into the driveway, cars get repossessed, great truckloads of Pepsi and cat food are hauled in giant trucks. Insomniacs wrestle with their pillows, police maintain their vigils, bartenders and all-night servers wipe down the same table for the millionth time, and new parents sleepily pad down the hall for the 4 AM feeding.
A little world of its own takes place overnight in the darkness, and when the sun climbs over the horizon at dawn, day side people should take a minute to appreciate what got done as they slumbered and snored.