I have always had a love for books that weaved history into a fictional story. The stories of men and women living in a time where things are so much different than today, but at the same time they are so very much the same. We are human and even though the human characters in those books that I read are fiction, they still have the same needs and wants as we do.
I love how the women just dropped everything sometimes to "call" on someone. Sometimes they would travel a short ways to catch up with a friend. It was something that was worth the sacrifice of something for them to travel to the next farm to "call" on a friend.
This is a tradition that has quickly been replaced over time with a telephone call or more recently a text. Our hearts and souls crave community and conversation. We have traded that community and those deep relationships for text messages and surface conversations, when our hearts desire more. The crave more. We are busy. Let's face it, we juggle so many different hats each day that often times the moments of free time we have each day are spent zoning in front of the tv or soaking in the quiet after the kids go to bed. Yet, how many of us go to bed tired and empty?
My friends think I am obsessed with coffee. I am not really. To me coffee is a way for me to slow down and savor the moment. I love getting a coffee when I grocery shop and run errands (I mean it's just too easy with Starbucks inside of Target, right?). A friend was telling me about how she loves to drink her coffee in the morning when she gets to work. She sits down, holding her coffee in her hands and takes a moment to breathe before starting her work day. There is comfort in a cup of coffee (or tea).
There is something wonderful about slowing down, enjoying a cup of your favorite drink (or even a bowl of ice cream). There is something even more wonderful, when you combine that with friends and good conversation. I remember when I asked some mom's from school if they would want to go out to dinner one night and have a girls' Night. I wrestled back and forth. . . and I finally decided the worst they could do say was no. But, guess what! They didn't. They wanted to go out to dinner with friends just as much as I did. It's totally worth the risk to ask someone.
Also. . . if you don't like coffee, please subsitute the word ice cream, boba, juice, tea, pastries, cake, cookies, fish tacos. . . the possibilities are endless!