It’s dark out.
My farmer is getting cows.
It’s later than usual.
We slacked off last night and watched a movie and didn’t prepare for the next day.
We never looked at the schedule to prep the youngest farm girl for her morning on.
So today already begins behind.
Chores will take longer.
We need to fit in a trip to the polls.
The normal everyday activity will need to be accomplished as well.
My farmer will dig in and rally to the “cause.
Life is like that.
Throws you a curve ball before you even begin.
I learn so many lessons from my farmer.
These things rarely affect him.
He just continues you on with the task and does the next thing.
My mother in law was a master at accomplishing things in 5 minute intervals.
I have never met anyone who used time so efficiently.
I wish I had more time with her.
She taught me much in the years I knew her.
Yet, I tend to squander time.
It’s still dark out.
A steaming cup of coffee is at my side.
Today I will try to use my time more efficiently.
I love the morning dark.
It feels slow and peaceful.
I will need to awaken that youngest farm girl.
She will head out into the dark.
She really doesn’t mind.
She often says as her siblings before her,
“It’s the getting out of bed that’s hard.
Once you’re up and outside it’s usually so beautiful, it’s nice. “
My farmer caught this sunrise the other morning.
Each task we do can be hard.
Yet, it can also be beautiful.
While it is still dark I will look for the beauty,
I will try to use my moments well.
Day #6 of Thankfulness
I am Thankful for:
a hot cup of coffee
time while it is still dark
The Ancient Word
early morning chats with my farmer
moments of wonder
visits from Elijah’s girl friend
spontaneous visits from a neighbor even though it may mean she’s moving
listening to podcasts while folding laundry
Meat pie and dinner around the farmhouse table
(even though we have to push stuff out of the way to find a space to sit)
packages from Germany filled with Christmas cookies
People who try to spread kindness no matter the political preference
the sound of the farm boys feet as he comes down the stairs
It is still dark and there is much to do.
A new day.
A new opportunity.