Hastily Planned Gathering

Some Mondays, I share snippets from recent entries in my Gratitude Journal.

#2201. Friends come to Breakfast

not seen since February
stop by
on their way from south to north
for the Thanksgiving holiday.

At the door
we are all
“My, how you’ve grown!”
with our jacketless southerners
who are not yet used to
adding a layer before heading out for the day

And it isn’t until local friends arrive
that I see I need to clear off the coat hooks
just inside the kitchen door
so there’s a place for the jackets and scarfs.

* * *

one of the littlest visitors,
just finding his voice,
discovers among my toys
a stuffed dog he clutches the whole time here.

And two girls who haven’t seen each other
for 10 months now
suddenly jump up from the table
and stand back-to-back
to see who’s tallest.

I hear the piano in the next room
before I can utter a syllable
or make eye contact
Wally calls for a wet towel
and tends to the syrup-sticky hands
before they travel too far.

I am still pouring batter onto the griddle.

We are lovers of hubbub
and all these people
and the lowly pancake
and the hastily planned gathering.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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4 Responses to Hastily Planned Gathering

  1. juliana says:

    I love that you’ve had the freedom to change this to “some Mondays”.


    • Marilyn says:

      Hahaha. Clearly, with weekly runs to OSU now, I’ve had to let some things go. I don’t always have the presence of mind for a post. More importantly, I don’t always remember where I left my Gratitude Journal notes. Still there are things every day that delight me and I’m thankful for.


  2. Emily says:

    Oh wow! Glad I checked your blog today. Love how you captured our time together.


  3. annie says:

    spontaneous is always good…and fun!
    and congratulations on the 1000 miles, that’s terrific!


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