coffee sunrise

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A long line at the supermarket makes me twiddle my thumbs and wish for a fast-forward button.  I have similar feelings about stop-and-go traffic.  All the wait, wait, waiting takes time away from the people I love and the activities I hold dear.
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And that kind of waiting is the easiest – you can see the finish-line and you know that if you hang in there, just a few minutes more, the line will end and the traffic will part.  But what about the longer kind of waiting – the kind that entails transitioning to a new life stage?
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The ‘stage of life’ wait is more abstract, and the blurry outline provides room for all sorts of what-if questions and worst-case scenarios.  What if I don’t get into college?  Can l find a job with an art major?  Will I like working as a marketing associate?  Image
Surely you’re familiar with these questions – we’ve all had them.  I woke up with ‘what if’ questions on mind, mused about them while I sipped my coffee, and then tossed them aside to go hiking with my husband.Image
I remind myself that it’s impossible to control the future, but I can work diligently, here and now, to enjoy the present.

waiting only makes the finding sweeter

my grandparents had the kind of love that inspired movies and novels, and as far back as i can remember, i wanted to be just like them.  i wanted to find someone that would be my best friend, someone that even after 20 years would make me run to the door when i heard their key in the lock.  city dwellers would say that i was a child bride at 26, but in my head i was pretty late in the game for sharing a lifetime of memories with someone.  when i met jon, however, i found that all the waiting only made the finding sweeter.  i look back and i suppose i don’t mind the waiting at all — it just becomes part of the story.

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today i wanted to make ginger lemonade and serve it up in a midwest wineglass, and i had to convince myself about the value of waiting as i went.  the cutting of the lemons and the drying of the glue was a bit trying, but i just kept thinking maybe the lemonade would taste all the sweeter for the wait? i made the midwest wine glass out of dollar store candlesticks and dollar store mason jars (yes, as in, $2 each):

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Imagei made the four midwest wineglasses, and then i set about making the ginger lemonade.  the recipe is simple: mix 5 lemonades and 4 inches of ginger-root in a juicer with honey and a bit of sugar.

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