The early chill cut to my core and I had yet to lay hold of my morning sustenance. The wee hours were just waning and I suspected that the morning was eager to burst forth within the hour. I gingerly stepped onto the cold wooden floor, thankful for my fair-isle slippers with the leather sole. At first step, my sleepy eyes met with an unexpected golden glow streaming through the vintage lace curtains of the old farmhouse. The lace cast intricate patterns across the aged floor and on to the fine China seated in the hutch. The aura seemed most ethereal and near heavenly.
The light had changed. The hour had moved. And I had forgotten.
I thought, “I must hasten the morning coffee that I may capture this moment while the quiet persists.” Cup in hand, I sat in the weathered rocker, blanket-wrapped, watching the light filter through the front-yard tree, setting the living room to light.
I anticipate the time change almost as much as a morning coffee. It feels like “coming home.” Everyone retreats to the house early. The sky darkens. We dine by the dimness of the evening. We rush into our jammies, dim the lights, and cozy up for a game of cards or a favorite read-aloud story. There are steaming cups of peppermint tea and fleece blankets a-plenty.
We savor cold nights, neatly tucked into the old farmhouse and I reflect on change thus far and change for the future. I always thought I would be sad to grow older. But as time creeps and age blooms, I find myself unwrapping each moment as a gift. Always unexpected. And usually good.
My Peanut (if I can still call her that) is thirteen. We talk about things. All the things. Over coffee. It is more beautiful than I imagined it could be. To see a young woman take shape just where my little girl once stood. To see her struggle. To work things through. To celebrate wins. To find herself.
And the light in her eyes? It has changed, too. And changing still.
Ladybug is right behind her… And then two more.
Gratitude rises within as I have grown to appreciate each season. Each moment. Each breath.
I am thankful for…
Fingerprints on the picture-window glass. (And the little girls that left them.)
The dog that curls up to warm my feet. (And warms my heart twice as much.)
Mason jar glasses brimming with chilled milk. (And sometimes a cookie.)
Untidy rooms. (Lived-in and loud.)
Cracked Pepper & Olive Oil Triscuit crackers. (With a bit of aged cheese.)
Worn-out jeans. (The coziest kind.)
Dog-eared books (Well-loved and smelling of “old”).
Ragged dolls. (Played with time and again.)
Logic puzzle magazines. (And a freshly sharpened pencil.)
Briars stuck in long, girlish hair. (And the adventure that caused them to be so.)
Gold glitter nail polish. (Almost as bright as little-girl eyes.)
Scripture Lullabies. (And calm nights.)
Romantic nights in. (With expensive chocolate.)
Blank paper in my sketchbook. (And a good set of pencils.)
Friends that love me anyway. (Grace!)
Family members that choose to stay. (Grace all the more!)
Coffee. (Of course.)
Coffee. (I’ll stop now.)
And a little cream. (Mmmmm…)
May we celebrate all of the things for all of the years we have.
Love & Coffee… and maybe some pumpkin pie.
Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!
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