Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Tea... sort of

I was recently sitting in my favorite campus coffee shop, watching the rain splash against the window as students tapped away on laptops and a professor (I assume) sat in one of the cushy leather chairs listening to music from his ipod while making notes on a pad of paper.

Christopher had me meet him there with the temptation of treating me to delicious coffee with heart shaped froth and the best rainy day atmosphere (in my humble opinion) on campus.

While Christopher borrowed my umbrella and walked to the parking garage to retrieve his laptop from the Buick, I called my daughter to share the moment... for it is even more enjoyable an event when one can share it with another who understands.

While I spend a great deal of time at home and enjoy what I do, I must have those moments once in awhile where I get away from all that is pulling me in directions of "must do" at the house. I read and the phone rings. I walk through the kitchen to catch the news on TV and see the dishes soaking in the sink which need my immediate attention. There is the sound of the buzzer on the dryer that the clothes need attention or the stove reminding me it is time to remove the muffins or check the baked potatoes.

At home the garden is calling (honestly, sometimes I think I can hear the siren song... come, weed me, harvest me, etc.) or one of the neighborhood dogs is running toward me for itchies behind the ears (so I am a sucker for their big brown eyes). Inside once again, I notice the chipped paint on the kitchen cabinets and the crumbs dropped on the floor.

That is why I love to get away from it all at a favorite coffee shop near campus... or Panera... or Starbucks. No longer can I afford my favorite latte but coffee with cream and Splenda while away from all the work calling my name... that will do just fine. If I'm fortunate, there is enough change left for a small snack.

Sometimes, especially if it is early in the morning, I take my Bible and notebook. As the sun moves across the sky, I tend to need fiction... or perhaps inspirational reading. On the rainy day in question, I slipped one of my favorite Thomas Kinkade books (Lightposts for Living: the Art of Choosing a Joyful Life) in the cloth Rural Electric bag.

Christopher later joined me with his computer so I set the book aside and chatted about Calculus lectures, the pros and cons of his new professors, and interesting facts popping up as he read the articles on his computer.

The stories led to discussing actors who started in horror movies (which I do not like) and how good Matthew McConaughey was in Contact (a fascinating movie to discuss humanist worldviews... especially with high school and college age young people). What is there about such a place that promotes not only reading and pondering but interesting discussion?

The time quickly passed and before we knew it, Dad was finishing his work and joining us at the coffeehouse to head for home. (I had driven them in so they didn't have to walk the long distance from the parking lot in the pouring rain that morning.)

It never ceases to amaze me about our Lord... the gifts He has given so we may have even a little enjoyment here and there... the small pleasures just as important as huge answers to prayer. So... today I recalled spicy coffee and coffeehouse atmosphere instead of tea time... but coffee is in the title and must receive its' due honor once in awhile. Even on Sunday. :)

Picture: Coffee House Corner:


matty said...

What a wonderful reminder that we should find pleasure in these "little moments" which really aren't little at all. Who was it that said that the joys of life are found in the little moments? I must look this up! But, your reminder comes at a great time! As we transition to fall, isn't it delicious to slow down (no garden or yard work! Hooray!) and feel the closing warmth of the season? Thanks for a reflective start to my Sunday (no chore day!). Enjoy!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

This was a sweet, warm post. I know you are grateful for your close relationship with your son. C.

freetobeme - Anita said...

A delightful change from the expected tea time. Thanks for sharing.

scrappy quilter said...

I totally agree, we should always find pleasure in those "little moments". You remind us to do that Brenda.

I don't drink coffee, however one of those "little moments" if going into a bookstore, finding a big huge chair and reading a craft book. When we lived in the city, I often did this just to get some down time. One other place I loved to go was the conservatory. I often remember those special times. Delightful post!!

Married life said...

I understand what you are saying completely. My most recent "little moment" was a 20 minute bubble bath : )

God Bless

Mrs. G

Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda, just rediscovered you again...yay! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Brenda, for the delightful post. Sometimes I go to a nearby icecream shoppe for two scoops of different flavours of icecream in a dish to accompany the books or magazines I have brought to savour. "The bliss of solitude".

Each year I ask the Lord to give me a chapter or a portion of Scripture to take with me into my new school year. They have always been exactly what I needed.

This year's chapter is Isaiah 40. I've started reading it in the Amplified Bible. There are abundant treasures that await there and promises to claim, I'm sure. I'm especially thrilled with verse 29:

"He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength--causing it to multiply and abound." (2 Cor. 12:9)

Strength that multiplies and abounds is just what this 60 year old teacher needs to teach a 2nd Grade class of 8 boys and 2 girls. I need to work because my husband has been disabled for the past 15 years.

God bless you for the inspiration I have often found here and for all the kindred thoughts and aspirations. What an encouragement you are!

Honey Bee

Love the Decor! said...

"ME" time is so important. Glad you had the chance for a bit of that!

Beth said...

Such a sweet post. I am a mom of many...half of them are grown. It is such a wonderful "moment" when I get to spend time with one of them alone! So much catching up to do and to tell more much I love them! Those coffee shop times are precious and it is also one of my favorite places to go on a date with my husband. (We drink hot chocolate, though...we don't like coffee that much and I'd rather have the tea at my own house!) Hugs to you! Beth

Anonymous said...

Time away from your usual activities is as refreshing to the soul and as a glass of ice water is to us on a hot day. It might not take that much time out of your day but it sure revives you doesn't it. To be able to share that time with those you love is.....priceless. Thankyou Brenda for reminding us of those special little moments of life. Jody

jules said...

I think it's wonderful that Christopher likes spending time with his Mom, when most other kids would want to hang with their friends.