Recently I wrote about having coffee, from time to time, with a group of "veterans of life" at a local restaurant (which serves great pie, by the way!). I am sure that if I listen close enough and long enough I will glean valuable lessons from their conversations.
I wanted to write this week to tell you about another coffee buddy. At nearly five months of age, this one is on the opposite end of the age spectrum.
On most mornings, when I go upstairs to get my lunch ready for the day and to relax with the remainder of my morning coffee, our grandson Isaiah is just waking up. I am glad to tell you that - like his "Papa Bear" -- "Little Bear" is a morning person.
He smiles and laughs and coos and kicks and reaches up. If he's in his little bouncing seat, he'll get it going so fast that he gets a little nervous and has to, from time-to-time, stop moving until the motion catches up with his comfort level. Then it's back to kicking and laughing and reaching and bouncing. And this can go on and on.
Sometimes I sneak him a little taste of coffee. He'll smack his lips and kind of scrunch up his nose at first, but he is always ready when I slip him another drop. (Don't tell his mom I'm doing this ... It could get ugly).
Like my occasional morning visits with the more seasoned coffee crew, I think there is a lot to learn from just listening and observing during my coffee time with Little Bear.
Like most four month olds, he doesn't seem to have a care in the world. He doesn't fret about retirement; he's not concerned about the electric bill and the propane bill and the future of Social Security; he knows he'll be fed when he needs to be fed and kept warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot and steamy; he knows he will be cared for with the utmost attention.
Yep ... There's a lot to learn about life while having coffee with Little Bear.