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Weekend Coffee Share: Sipping in this perfect moment

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you I don’t have much to say. See, I already thought about it on the way over, I’d tell you, and the best way I can describe my week is: I did barely anything noteworthy, and perfection was in the lack of noteworthy moments.

I’ve told you before I feel like I’m always running. I had nowhere to be on Thursday and Friday, though, so didn’t have to walk anywhere, let alone run. I listened to my boys playing together–they do that now, despite their 4.5-year age difference!–while I read novels on the sofa. Saturday was a little fuller of bustle, but even that was the quiet kind I remember mostly for togetherness with my menfolk. And today? Today’s been another sequence of moments none of which swim readily into recall, but each of which left my heart a little fuller of warmth.

I did love it when my Californian husband said, "I'm not an Oregonian, but darn, I look like I'm from there today."

I did love it when my Californian husband said, “I’m not an Oregonian, but darn, I look like I’m from there today.”

You know how I told you introverts need to recharge? I’d ask before continuing. These quiet moments it’s hard to recall as we sit face-to-face and sip our drinks? They’re my recharge moments. I find the energy to keep going in the simple, undemanding peace of moments where few words flow but everything’s understood all the same.

I’d laugh and throw my hands up in the air. That’s really all I’ve got today, though I might point out I’m tickled by my six-year-old’s newfound love of Jonathan Coulton: “Can I listen to Re: Your Brains, Mom?” “Mom, Code Monkey, please!” “Could you play Skullcrusher Mountain for me?” The latter question warmed my heart especially, seeing as it was the soundtrack for my first dance as a wife. I’d think aloud how I need to find my JoCo CDs so Li’l D can play them for himself instead of having to ask me to YouTube the songs all the time. I’d conclude the thought with a warm smile your direction.

I’d ask what’s in your heart at the moment. What’s in your mind? Whatever it is, I’m all ears. And if there’s nothing at all you’d like to say right now? Well, that’s fine, too. We can just gaze toward the still-blue sky together and quietly, contentedly sip in this perfect moment.


  1. November 29, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I’m a big fan of quiet moments and especially those that can be shared with others. Thanks!

  2. November 29, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Sometimes the quiet moments are the best. We have an extra-long couch, and some of my favorite moments are when we’re all curled up on the couch together quietly, reading our books or napping.

    • November 29, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Yes! Once or twice so far, D has joined his dad and me on the couch with his own books. As he becomes more and more comfortable reading on his own, I’m excited by the thought of that particular joyous proximity. ♥

      • November 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm

        Yeah, my son is just beginning to get to that age as well. He does enjoy curling up with a game or his Nook for a while, too, of course!

  3. November 29, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Totally unscheduled days are my favorite! I smile just thinking about them.

    • November 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Ditto. 🙂 I’m so glad to know another few more are just four weeks away. (It can be months between, usually.) YES!!!

  4. November 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Important moments to sip, sit and smile…..glad you had some down time this week with your boys (big and little)… 🙂

    • November 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      It was perfect! Exciting to know the next such weekend is none too far around the bend … 🙂

  5. November 29, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Feeling overwhelmed over here. Just sitting sounds perfect.
    Thank you.

  6. November 29, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    You’re probably asleep as this occasional insomniac reads your post. Coffee is no good right now but water perhaps? 🙂

    • November 30, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      I read your comment none too long after you posted it, but it was in that sleepy space where any response would’ve been, “wearlwer? asdf.” :p

  7. jottlings
    November 30, 2015 at 7:04 am

    That’s lovely. I had some of those this weekend too. Here’s my coffee share: I’m on 5 weeks sober.

  8. December 2, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Funny, I just ran across a picture of sons, nieces, nephews in what I lovingly call the dog pile. All piled into a room at Hearts Home (parents house) over a holiday weekend with books, guitars and nothing just sitting. I stared at that picture with a full heart. I remembered being overwhelmed by my family sometimes, the sheer size of it, all of us together sent me screaming for a safe quite place. But then, those moments when all of the young ones were together doing nothing but sitting on floors, couches, chairs and just being. Those moments overwhelmed me also.

    This weekend was quiet for me. I wrote in my journal. I cleaned house. I finished my Christmas shopping. I realized how I missed those moments.

    • December 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      This comment reminds me of how my siblings would visit me while I was in law school. My apartment would fall into a terrible state of slovenly grossness, so that I’d yearn for the comparative tidiness after they’d departed. But then … then I’d return to the uncluttered, tidy apartment after they left and suddenly be stricken by the emptiness of it. As an introvert, I like the quiet … but I do like that quiet to have boundaries! Love you.

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