3bt, coffee, life, perspective, sleep deprivation

Four Beautiful Things Thursday

One. It was a bright beautiful sky-blue sort of day so I popped the babe in the car to run some errands. Except I couldn’t find my keys. I combed the entire house- nothing. Finally, I pulled out the spare key and left- wondering all the while where it could be. I parked the car, went shopping, drove all the way home and after parking the car looked at my car trunk and. . .

Really. This is the second time in as many days I’ve misplaced my keys. Just yesterday I combed the entire length of Borders for missing car keys [I did drive here. The car is in the parking lot. They have to be here somewhere!] Twenty minutes later I found them- in the stroller cup-holder- literally right under my nose the entire time. Perhaps I’m a bit preoccupied these days, but I shudder that I left my keys dangling from the trunk like this. So thankful my car was still there when I returned from shopping- it was practically begging to be stolen.

Two. My best friend from Miami adores Dunkin Donuts, and while visiting some time back, we went for coffee runs a lot. Each time she never hesitated, pulling up to the drive-thru in her cool SUV with her cool shades and ordering a coffee, light and sweet. And each and every time, regardless of location, they didn’t hesitate, making the coffee exactly the way she liked it. I loved the lingo- it made a simple coffee run feel hip and trendy. [and while I’m aware you can go uber-trendy at Starbucks ordering a tall venti mocha shoka- the coffee tastes like ground cigarettes so no amount of cute lingo can rectify the situation]. After Miami I began craving some sweet and light coffee but since I shortly after found out I was pregnant, I abstained. Then since I was nursing, I abstained. But now that he’s on solids most of the day, today, as I ran errands and spotted a Dunkin Donuts enroute I decided why not? So I pulled up to the drive-thru window psyched to use my lingo and drink the coffee I waited for so long to have.

Me: Half-Caff light and sweet please.
Asian guy: huh?
Me: light and sweet?
Asian guy: Sighs. Sorry my English no good. walks away.
Different Dude: Hey how’s it going? What’d you say you wanted?
Me: Um. Coffee. light and sweet. please?
Different Dude: Light and what? You mean. . . cream and sugar?

I guess the lingo was a Miami thing because Different Dude looked at me like I was two cards short of a full deck, and I inadvertently made a very friendly Asian man question his language abilities [something I’m apparently making a habit of lately]. But the coffee? Lingo or not- so good. Down to the last drop. 

Three. As I said in the last post I’m dealing with a bit of stress lately, and this could be why I found myself standing at the meat section of Whole Foods staring at the meatloafs for entirely too long, with the butcher finally interrupting my thoughts.

Butcher: Can I help you?
Me: Oh sorry, just looking at the meatloaf. Any good?
Butcher: I’ve heard they are delicious!
Me: Have you tried them?
Butcher: Me? No! My wife makes meatloaf from scratch!
Me: Oh. Must be nice.
Butcher: You know what? Pulls out a pound of meatloaf and wraps it up handing it to me. It’s on the house. Try it and if you like it come back for more.

Despite my insistence otherwise, he stuck no charge to the box and sent me on my way. While its entirely possible that he simply was weirded out by the desi chick staring at the meatloaf for an indecent amount of time, perhaps it was simply kindness- neighborhood friendly kindness from one human being to another. It was such a simple gesture but he has no idea how much his simple act affected me at a time that I really truly needed it. And the meatloaf? It was delicious.

Four. I’m reigning in my stress through exercise, yoga and the daily reflection of blessings- but today as I plucked my son out from the car after a busy day of errands, I looked up and was struck by the anomalous strange black cloud directly atop a spring tree right across from my house:

If that tree looked up- it would simply see the darkness swirling above and nothing more; but from where I stood I saw the clear blue skies around it and the wind rushing through its branches that would soon push those clouds away. Despite how dark those clouds may look, they will pass. As this poem Tracy shared with me years ago says:

Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

So in Sum: An unstolen car, Dunkin Donuts coffee, meatloaf, and perspective- a beautiful Thursday indeed. [I’ve grown accustomed to writing these Thursday posts. I hope you enjoy reading them as I do enjoy writing them] Hope you had a great Thursday.

24 thoughts on “Four Beautiful Things Thursday”

  1. “Strive to be happy.” We so often expect happiness to come to us, and then wonder why we feel it so rarely. So, I love the concept of happiness being something that is attainable through aspiration.

    I love your Thursday musings 🙂

    Sorry I missed your call today. Hopefully we'll catch each other soon!



  2. I've never heard the light and sweet at Dunkin. I have to try it and see if I get the side eye:) Of course it will have to be a few months,LOL. Pixie


  3. Baraka, I'm glad you liked that poem- its a very powerful message- yes happiness, the daily regular sort, comes to those who seek it- at least its what I've found.

    Pixie do try it once you can and please let me know!! 🙂 lol

    Mina, indeed- lucky in so many ways.

    Cylinda, aw thanks!!! I love hearing form you 🙂

    A, lol, aw good to know you like them, thanks 🙂


  4. Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there maybe in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quitely and clearly; and listen to to others, even the dulla and ignorant; they too have their story.

    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of HEROISM.

    Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to guard you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. May fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the starts. You have a right to be here. And whether or not its clear to you, the Universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore, be at peace with GOD, whatever you perceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

    I read this whenever I feel low. Something common eh? 🙂


  5. “Light and sweet” is totally normal DD lingo! I worked at the DD in SC when I was in high school. Yay for able being to drink coffee!! I miss my Cafe Mocha with soy milk no whip. 😛 Soon I will though!

    I can't tell you the number of times I left my key in the door of our old apartment. I couldn't even blame it on “mommy brain” back then. 😛


  6. C- wow did you have it memorized? That's an AMAZING poem isn't it? I need to tattoo it somewhere- if only it weren't so long, lol 🙂

    Jamila, thank you! That's what I thought! And you were in So. Carolina for high school?!

    E, thanks! I know!!!


  7. And in other news- the fates were not quite so kind when I accidentally left my Am Ex card in the car with a door unlocked today- had slipped out of purse and when I returned, 'twas gone. Ah well. Caught it in time at least- but need to figure out how to be less scatterbrained! Mommy brain: A real and true phenomenon.


  8. Love the reflections you make on Thursdays. It's always best to focus on the positives!
    @Packing for the grandparents: I suggest creating a permanent document checklist of what you (and baby) need, including the last-minute items to take care of at home (have P.O. hold your mail, set the auto-timed lights, etc.). The list has saved us many a trip to the drug store on out-of-town trips.
    @Dunkin Donuts conundrum: I assure you, “light and sweet” is not a Miami thing. Used to order it like that in NY, at any coffee spot, for I too indulge in it that way. Hey, you could melt down coffee ice cream for me and that would be OK.
    Also, love your blog background. Beautiful!


  9. Kate, I remember that post, lol! Oh man, I didn't really think about the fact that they might start climbing things to reach other things! Oh dear! 😦

    M, Thanks for visiting and your comment! I appreciate your suggestions for traveling, and for seconding the “common sense” nature of requesting “sweet and light” LOL 🙂


  10. Excellent post. Loved it…. And I miss Dunkin Donuts' (yes I do)

    I have misplaced my keys so manytimes. Yes kids drive your brain nut but still I would like to have 2 more!!!


  11. I just started reading your blog and I really like the idea of your Thursday postings..I totally relate to the Dunkin Donut comments. Of course I fell in love with the donuts first – and then as I got older, I was lured away by the coffee and never looked back.


  12. I just read this now and I probably could have used this last week. Thanks for this. I am a diehard Starbucks fan/addict. We don't have Dunkin donuts here, but I'd love to try their coffee. Also, nice to see I'm not the only forgetful one – I just found a necklace I love that I TORE OUR APARTMENT APART for months looking for – and we've since moved and I finally found it- tucked safely away behind a jewellery panel in a box. I obviously placed it there so I wouldn't lose it. Duh.


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