Coffee on the Patio

man sitting on red wooden chair while reading newspaper

By Jerry Lambert

Here in the Great White North (Michigan Branch), our Summer Months usually run from June to August. Temperatures normally start cooling off in September, and by early October, Jack Frost is knocking at the door. During our frigid Winter Months, I have a recurring idea that keeps me going during my subzero walks with my hound dog. I dream that someday I’ll be able to relax on our patio, read the morning paper, and enjoy a good cup of coffee to start my day. Not as grandiose as Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, however, I have never claimed to be that deep.

Eventually, Spring (hideous as it is) and Summer take their turns on the calendar. Then a strange thing happens. As tantalizing as that coffee fantasy is in January, I tend to forget all about it once the snow melts. The warmer weather seems to have its own sense of rhythm and life has a tendency to reset your priorities. Most mornings, by the time I finish writing my journal entry, walk Skittles around the block, water the flowers, and try to get to the gym on time, coffee on the patio is long forgotten. That’s how life works.

The other evening, my wife and I went for a bike ride. As we rode past a house with a nice little patio, I could easily picture myself sitting there, drinking my morning coffee and reading the paper. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks! DUH! You have your OWN patio! You can sit out there tomorrow morning! You can read the paper, listen to the neighborhood chirpy birds, and have that delicious cup of coffee! Sometimes your dreams and reality intersect. Take advantage of it! As the great philosopher, Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Wise words, Ferris. I think I’ll have another cup.

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