Coffee in the Moonlight

Ye have no time but this present time, therefore prize your time for your soul’s sake. – George Fox

May 16, 2014

Rising extra early, I took my coffee outside this morning, into the pre-dawn darkness, sitting on my front patio bathed in the light of a nearly-full moon, taking in the sounds as my community slowly came to life: roosters taking their job of greeting the day with “Rise and Shine!” a little too enthusiastically, seagull-like tero-tero birds cawing in the air, neighbors softly clucking to cattle and murmuring to each other in the darkness, the clang of a metal milk pail against a fence post, lights from a nearby community flickering like tiny bonfires across the prairie. Slowly we moved from the darkness of night to the light of a new day, so gradually one can’t pinpoint the actual moment, like that in-between time when you awake so leisurely from your dreams you’re unsure if you’re still asleep or half-awake. The heat from my cup and love of my community warmed my heart. I’m going to start more days like this.

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  1. Beautifully spoken Wendia. Your words transported me to the fields and community of sounds and then the light of day… Perhaps a glisten in your eye as you sipped from your cup as she rose to kiss your face. Myself, like the rooster, love the morning most and as often as I am able step out to feel this wonderful gift we all share. I wonder tho if you had a small light on in the kitchen as you smiled there on the porch and if in a short distance, another could have been doing the same, perhaps listening to the same sounds, and taking in the beauty of the land… Perhaps thinking about the Sunflower who drinks coffee, while she waits for the light of day… 🙂 …. And if perhaps the voices you heard were in fact a conversation between man and cow… “I gave her a lamb chop…” “Mooooooo!” “Really, you think so?” “Moooooo… Hmmmmm…” … “Yes, I think you are right. A pint of cream would have sweetened the gift…. But what if she is lactose intolerant?” … “Mooooooo…” “Yes, you see, we need to think of these things… but it was a nice idea just the same. “Mooooooo…” “Yes, perfect… I’ll ask her if she would join me for coffee in the morning… Cream on the side. You’re such a smart cow…” “Moooooo!” “And yes, you’re my favorite too <3" …

    • Joe, I loved your added imagery and laughed out loud at your comment with the lamb chop. Most likely all the neighbors know the lamb chop story by now. 🙂

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