Confessions from a non-coffee drinker: sometimes I envy the built-in comforts associated with a fresh cup of steaming coffee. Not only does it provide a wallop of much-cherished caffeine, but it offers multi-sensory delights through its pungent aroma, sharp taste, and gentle warmth seeping through its mug. I just can’t quite develop the knack for its acrid flavor. I experiment occasionally to see if I can finally claim this piece of adulthood, usually by sneaking up behind a friend in line at Starbucks and “fake” ordering what she’s having (aka: decreasing the coffee strength & increasing the add-ins) to see if I can figure out what all the fuss is about.
Nope! Coffee drinking is just not my thing. I’m enamored by the slow-down factor involved though. I watch friends cradle their hot cups of coffee and see the wakefulness of a new day begin to emerge in their eyes.
I think it’s the opportunity to savor something for a few moments each morning that appeals to me. Coffee drinking is one of the few “socially accepted” ways to slow down or simple code for “gotta chat” when a friend asks you to meet for coffee.
I may not start each day with coffee, but I have been trying to adopt the process of savoring moments just a bit longer...as if I had to juggle a hot mug while navigating my world:
– allowing my eyes to linger a little longer on cheerful summer flowers, noticing vivid details & textures
– treading forward on a mundane walking path, awakening sleepy ideas to blossom into full-fledged brainstorms
– reflecting on an amazing anniversary trip
and reminiscing about all that we’ve carried together since our wedding 25 years ago…
– honoring the union of youthful promises and hopeful dreams we offered to each other that special day
– continuing to see each other through the other’s eyes as we explore new territory
– leaning toward one other amidst the twists & turns of life, sharing the load and lightening the burden when weariness looms large
– savoring time away from the usual routine, but also welcoming back the familiar rhythm of home
However your summer is winding down, I hope you’ll enjoy a cuppa and savor some of your favorite moments of this season.Meanwhile, I’ll be over here “practicing” with a chai latte my son made for me even though he’s a stickler for straight-up black coffee.
I’m soaking up all these mother-son moments, one sip at a time.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14