Early mornings – Delights 18 & 19

18. I’m usually an early riser, but some mornings I don’t want to get out of bed and get going. Today I felt the luxury of time and filled it with the things that nourish my spirit. I wrote an essay and posted it. I wrote a postcard to a friend. I showered. I cooked my oatmeal on the stove top—the slow, old-fashioned way. I heated water for hot tea in a kettle next to the oatmeal. I ate and sipped. I moved through the early morning with ease and efficiency. I blow dried my hair, applied my little bit of makeup, and got dressed. I was productive and unrushed. I left for work. I parked my car two blocks from my office and enjoyed the walk. These simple routines—strung together neatly—delighted me.

19. I listened to the podcast Tig and Cheryl: True Story on my drive to work. These comedians discuss documentaries they watch, but mostly they crack jokes and take long, hilarious detours and get distracted before one of them reminds the other that they need to refocus and return to the topic at hand.

I parked my car and put an ear bud in so I could continue listening as I made my way to my office. Just a few paces from my car I started grinning in response to the banter. I laughed out loud, squeezed my eyes shut, and threw my head back. I thought about what drivers passing by right now might think if they noticed me laughing uproariously to myself. What delighted me was my laughter and my lack of self-consciousness. I laughed some more and kept walking.

 

One Comment

  1. I can see this laughter going down as if I am a driver passing by and it’s made ME laugh! Also, there’s really nothing like old-fashioned oatmeal simmered, is there? Have you tried steel-cut oats? Very yum! I love oatmeal savory with a soft-boiled egg, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper!

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