That First Cup {Just Write}

7 Aug


Mornings like this are rare. My alarm began softly buzzing at 7am as it normally does, but the kids hadn’t begun to stir yet. Muted light was apparent from behind the blinds in our room as I started to stretch before finally swinging my legs over the bed to drag myself out of it.

Tip-toeing down the stairs, I watched their images flash on the monitor. Still heavy with sleep, neither seemed to notice that I had risen. Good, I thought. Maybe I could have a cup of coffee in peace this morning.

In the kitchen, I put the monitor down on the center island counter so I could wash out the glass carafe of our Mr. Coffee and make a fresh pot. I would have preferred a cafe latte from the Verismo, but we’re out of pods. I heard the shower turn on upstairs as I dumped out the leftover coffee filter from yesterday into the trash and started sudsing up the sponge with dish soap to scrub out the pot.

My mind wanders as I prep the coffee. Tomorrow we’ll be waking up at the beach. I’m anticipating broken sleep as everyone adjusts to borrowed beds and shared rooms for the kids. Despite the forecast of more than fifty percent chance of rain each day we’re there, I’m still looking forward to it. The shore is the shore, rain or sunshine, we’ll still have fun spending time with our friends making memories.

The coffee pot starts to buzz to life, black liquid dripping into the clear carafe, sputtering and collecting in a puddle at the bottom. I open my email while sitting at the island and simultaneously watching the coffee brew. Light spills into the kitchen from the window over the double sink, but no sun is visible today. Just gauzy clouds covering the sky which makes for a drab start to the day.

I’m only able to enjoy ten minutes of writing and three sips of my coffee before my little miss is calling for her mama. I can see her brother begin to shake off sleep as I stand up to go retrieve my baby girl from her crib. That was all the quiet time I’d get for today.


9 Responses to “That First Cup {Just Write}”

  1. Katy August 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I really enjoyed this glimpse into your life. This was well-written.

    • BipolarMomLife August 12, 2013 at 7:26 am #

      Thank you so much, Katy! It’s fun to practice free-writing. :)

  2. Erin Margolin (@ErinMargolin) August 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I love this. I’ve been nervous about jumping into Heather’s Just Write, but I think it might be a perfect fit for me…your snapshot of your morning is very familiar (I don’t drink coffee, but I have 3 kids, morning are rarely quiet, little time to myself, etc…). Thank you for sharing this glimpse into YOU. <3

    • BipolarMomLife August 11, 2013 at 6:26 am #

      Oh you should jump in!! It helps me to remember that writing should be spontaneous sometimes. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, Erin! I really appreciate your support. :)

  3. Sarah August 8, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Love this idea to write every Tuesday about what you are experiencing in the moment. Such a fun exercise to bring us back to the power of being present and mindful in the ‘now’. Nice post Jennifer :)

    • BipolarMomLife August 9, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Thanks so much, Sarah. You should join in! It’s a great way to remember to focus on the writing, on what happens in the moment. :)

  4. bpshielsy August 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Have fun at the beach :)

    • BipolarMomLife August 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

      Thanks, Graham. It’s been fun so far, despite the rain.

      • bpshielsy August 8, 2013 at 2:44 am #

        I go on holiday in September for the first time in three years. I can’t wait :D

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