If we were having coffee – May

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that early mornings are my favorite time of day. That feeling of stillness and calm before another busy day begins – I crave it just like I crave coffee. When I was studying, my mother used to tell me the best time to study  was right after waking up in the morning . I’m sure someone will win a Nobel Peace Prize for proving that it’s true but I hated it and so waking up was a chore. But a couple of years back when life was strangling me with obligations, in desperation for some me-time, I woke up an hour earlier. At first, it was a struggle but pretty soon, my eyes would spring open even before my alarm rang. An hour for me – yes, just me, myself and I, – indescribable bliss!

Right before I scoop some New York cheesecake and let it melt on my tongue, I’d ask you if you’ve heard of the saying ‘sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out.’ (Guys, just replace mother with father). Yes, go ahead and laugh – ha! But it’s terrifying. My brain which is dutifully filled with modern parenting theories has on many occasions, failed to stop my mouth from spewing out scary-mom phrases from the ’90s. While my mouth shouts stuff like, stop your nonsense right now or you’ll get it or this cringe-worthy classic, how dare you speak to me that way – I am your motherrrr!,  my brain is having a seizure, yelling at me – Oh my God! Listen to yourself! Whatever happened to calmly but firmly explaining bad behavior is not tolerated and therefore, there are consequences such as a tim- aaaanndd, this is the point where all my good intentions are hijacked. Does it happen to you too?

Oh, I’d have finished almost half my coffee by now. But there’s still time to tell you about what happened last month. It was wonderfully eventful. Winter officially loosened its grip over the city and sakura began to bloom everywhere. Family and some of my best friends came to visit me and to check sakura viewing off their bucket list. Well, it never crossed my mind that it should be on my bucket list – until I saw the splendor of an entire tree, heck an entire forest of pink and white. But like all things Japanese, there was an art to sakura viewing. If you rushed from one must-see spot to another like typical tourists (which I also did), the beauty of the season is soon lost as you get shoved and pushed by the crowds. Instead, I took a cue from my Japanese friends, packed a picnic and spread out a mat under a tree heavy with sakura blossoms. For the rest of my life, there will be few things that can compare to watching dainty petals swirling down in the breeze, a full tummy of delicious food and booze, and listening to the sounds of happiness all around me.

Pic credit: the Mr :)

 

Alright, I have to get on with the rest of my day now. I’d give you a hug with promises to meet real soon, get on my bike and cycle off into the May sunshine.

 

 

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  16 comments for “If we were having coffee – May

  1. May 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I love early mornings as well. There really is something magical about listening to the world wake up on a new day. It’s on of my favourite “me times” as well.

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    • marilynwrites
      May 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      How nice that we have that in common 😊

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  2. May 7, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Those trees must have been amazing!! What an incredible moment.. 🙂

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    • marilynwrites
      May 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      They were very special indeed😊

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  3. May 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Oh I’m swooning at your description of your sakura viewing – how fabulous. And I’m laughing at your description of your mother coming out of your mouth. I know that phenomenon indeed. How exactly does that hijacking of our tongues work?! Wishing you a wonderful day on your bike enjoying the sunshine.

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    • marilynwrites
      May 7, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one! Hahaha…

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  4. May 8, 2016 at 4:55 am

    The cherry blossoms have been on my bucket list for this year! We have special park in Finland for them (the trees were donated by Japan) but I have never been. I was lucky to see so many trees in bloom in London on my recent visit. <3

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    • marilynwrites
      May 8, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Oh, how lovely!

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  5. May 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

    What a lovely, readable post. Like others, I nearly spit out my coffee with laughing when I reached the part about your mother coming out of your mouth! You have a lovely writing voice. I will be back!!

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    • marilynwrites
      May 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I’m happy to hear that! ☺

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  6. May 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Marilyn,
    Thanks for popping by and it was great to meet you. I’m not sure I hear my mother coming out of my mouth but I certainly hear my grandmother at times. She was quite a wise woman. I liked her comment about how your face will get stuck in a frown if the wind changes when you’re in a bad mood. I really miss her, especially as it’s mothers day today.
    Hope you have a great week.
    xx Rowena

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    • marilynwrites
      May 9, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Aawww she sounds like a lovely woman. I would find it hard to keep frowning if someone said that to me.

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  7. May 9, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I also learned to love the early morning hours, when I had a small child. It’s like a secret we should tell new mothers about! The picture of the cherry blossoms – Oh my! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing sakura with us.

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    • marilynwrites
      May 9, 2016 at 7:41 am

      You’re welcome! And yes, we need to spread the word about how early morning “me time” is vital for sanity

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  8. May 9, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I do my best work in the mornings, so I understand. Sitting under blooming tree with picnic meal gives an alternative emotion.

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    • marilynwrites
      May 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

      It certainly does ☺

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