Glory Morning

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Stirring first, I eased back the light covers and slowly swung my feet to the warm, wooden floor. A light breeze from the open window above the bed brushed across my bare back, the last vestiges of night air mixed with the warm promise of a perfect August day.

Two salt and pepper shadows trailed me through the living room, past the darkened pane of glass that would only later be allowed to connect me with the fire and brimstone of the outside world. The coffee pot had awakened to its task as I was finishing with my sleep, and the steamy aroma of the rich, black liquid silently drifted across the kitchen. The boys even ate their kibble quietly. No one seemed to want to interrupt the stillness.

Hot cup in hand, I slid the heavy glass door open and stepped down to the terracotta patio that runs across the back of the house. To my bare feet, the irregular tiles were rough and cool, having given up the previous day’s heat to the night air. Barely lit from the left, I could just see shaggy outlines, as the boys trotted to the far edge and hopped down to the narrow strip of recently mowed grass that separates the patio from the garden. Shoulder to shoulder, they disappeared down one of the vegetable-lined paths. Beyond the garden, morning light glinted off the upper windows of the outbuilding, where the end of Dillon’s story waited to be written, vying for my attention with the half-finished harvest table in the workshop below.

I sat at the round, mahogany table and gingerly set my cup down, still trying not to make a sound. My eyes drifted closed, and other senses took in the gifts of a peaceful country morning. Sunlight filtered through the trees across the field to the east and bathed the side of my face with a hint of warmth. My fingers traced the smooth edge of the table, softly rounded with my router years before. The air moved and brought cut grass, coffee, and green smells from the garden, pleasant reminders of so many summers now past.

In the stillness, my good ear strained to hear the first faint sound of the day. As it grew to a familiar whisper, only my eyelids moved, rising ever so slowly. An arm’s length away, a beautiful hummingbird hovered in the air, studying my careful smile. Her ruby head and green body were iridescent in the magical morning light, her beating wings almost invisible. My tiny visitor stopped time for an all-too-brief moment, and then she was gone.

As if on cue, the boys raced out of the garden and bounded onto the patio, demanding their morning treats in a chorus of barks and whines. With the silence duly shattered, a perfect August day was fully at hand.


Now that I’ve shared what my Glory Morning would look like, I’d love to hear from you. In your heart of hearts, how would you choose to start each day?


4 thoughts on “Glory Morning

  1. Eddie Rhoades

    I am in the midst of a dream and there is a woman with me. We are searching for a private spot with no luck. My wife’s voice awakens me with “Breakfast is ready” I throw on yesterday’s clothes and go up the stairs and down the hall to find my coffee already in the cup and Linda cooking bacon and French toast. I pull out the Living section of the paper so I can read Dear Abby then the comics along with my morning coffee. I sit near the glass in the bay window so as to have a good view of the yard and garden. I can see the vegetables but not many of the fruit trees. Still I know they’re there. I must check the pawpaw trees daily to see if any fruit has ripened and fallen. I wish it would rain and so later in the day it does, not much but every little bit helps. I wish I could encourage everybody to grow more fruit and vegetables. Maybe they’ll listen when the prices go up. The birds are coming to the feeder filled with black oil sunflower seeds. It looks like the Atlanta Airport. It’s going to be another gorgeous day here in paradise.

    1. Rob Mahan

      Your morning does sound like the beginning of another day in paradise, Eddie. I’ll add my voice to your encouragement for folks to grow more of their own fruits and vegetables. I want to build most of my own furniture, too. Maybe someday, I can make you a new chair in exchange for a basket of pawpaw fruit!

  2. Eddie Rhoades

    Rob There is an organization in your state called CRFG (California Rare Fruit Growers) that may be able to put you in touch with someone local that grows pawpaws. I can send you some seeds if you want to try growing your own. They make a small tree comparable to a dogwood.


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