Up with the chickens
This morning I was up before the sun, highly unusual since we have two teenagers still soaking up their last few days of staying up late and sleeping in. We live for summer around here: lazier days and long evenings, family adventures and time with friends.
In the quiet of the morning I poured myself a bowl of fresh berries from the farmer’s market – yay summer, (tried growing them myself and just didn’t get the bumper crop I was going for.) and sat down to read while the house was quiet. No sounds of people coming down for breakfast, phones chiming, or overly exuberant dogs asking to play. It’s a beautiful time of day. The sun slowly makes its way into the kitchen and I have zero distractions except the thoughts rattling around in my head.
To be honest, it was not as magical a moment as I am making it sound. Truthfully, I was starting to feel a little sorry for myself thinking of the end of care free days and the beginning of a new school year. We have a rising senior in our house, and I’ve listened to every older mom in my life talk about how fast this last school year is going to fly by and I’m not super happy about it. Just as I was about to make my mental list of all that I am going to miss and all that I am not looking forward to, I looked down at my bowl. My CHICKEN bowl – and had to smile.
This little bowl was inspired by a trip Cabell and I took a few carefree summers ago and seeing it on my kitchen table reminded me of that trip and our friendship. In that moment I decide it’s time to make a different mental list. I am going to choose a thankful list. It starts with my family and the wonderful summer we shared together. I could bore you with the long list of other things like good health and full tummies every day, but you already know where this is going……
Next time I’m up with the chickens, I choose the thankful list. Thanks Cabs. You always know how to brighten my day. 😉