2023.2.21 extensive reading


I used to work the graveyard shift at a hotel, and a stray cat would wander into the lobby, watch TV and spend the night with me. Eventually, I took her home and named her Hobbit. While I was sleeping after a night shift, Hobbit yowled and nipped at me until I woke up. I smelled smoke. Firefighters pulling smoldering furniture from a downstairs apartment told me I didn't need to evacuate; the fire was contained. But Hobbit wouldn't settle down until the smoke cleared. From then on, I slept easy, knowing I had a friend on permanent safety patrol.

- JEAN BROWN Kannapolis, NC


"Graveyard shift" is a term used to refer to a work shift that typically occurs late at night, usually from midnight to 8:00am or from 10:00pm to 6:00am. It is also sometimes called the "night shift".

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