Virtual Coffee #6

Am I the only person who drinks hot coffee when it’s over 1oo degrees outside?  I was raised in Tennessee and have lived here my entire life.  Lord knows it gets plenty hot here  this time of year and this year was no exception.  We’ve had multiple days with a heat index of 107 and I believe one day the heat index was 110!  But yes, I drink coffee on those days and sometimes I do believe my husband thinks I’m nuts.  He’s not a coffee drinker.  At. all.  He will drink hot lemon tea occasionally but ONLY in the winter.  This time of year you just about always see him with a glass of ice cold sweet tea and on days when he does yard work, he’s chugging the Gatorade.  For a man who’s had multiple kidney stones (five to be exact) he isn’t a big water drinker.  This girl is ready for some fall weather and hoping we get it and it’s not like last year where it went straight from hot weather to cold weather.  Straight from the air conditioner to the heater!

If we were having coffee today, I’d mention that I’ve been surprised to see the number of blogs I’ve read lately where people are celebrating fall and saying things like how glad they are that fall is here!  I was so confused by this that I had to go check out my calendar to see if I had missed its official arrival.  According to my calendar, the first day of fall isn’t until September 23rd, which is easy to remember because that’s my youngest son’s wedding anniversary.  Maybe these other bloggers live in an area that is already experiencing fall like weather.  Or maybe their leaves are already changing.  I’ve had NO hint of fall’s arrival other than the stores putting their fall decor out, but that happened way back in July!  I guess some people consider Labor Day or schools starting back as the official end of summer.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that it dawned on me the other day during my afternoon walk, that this is the 8th year that I’ve stood on the sidelines watching all the back-to-school hoopla and didn’t have a child to get ready to go back to school.  I still miss those days.  I miss all of it.  I miss the shopping for school supplies and school clothes, I miss meeting new teachers, and teacher conferences.  I miss my days of being a room mother (which was just about every single year), I miss band competitions, and I might even miss seeing kids get all dressed up for prom.  This is the time of year I remember first days of kindergarten, middle school and high school.  I remember taking my oldest son to college in Alabama and how he was so excited and happy to be there and so I didn’t cry because I was so happy that he was happy.  I remember taking my youngest son to college and fought back the tears and the lump in my throat when I told him goodbye.  I didn’t cry in front of him.  But when I got in the car to make that long drive home, I cried on and off the entire 2 1/2 hour trip home.  I cried because leaving him there meant I had an empty nest and I just wasn’t ready for that yet.   I felt like my days of being a mother had suddenly and prematurely come to an end.  I had wanted nothing more than to become a mother and now those days were over and it was time to move on with the next stage of my life.

My husband and I still like to attend high school football games at our sons’ old high school alma mater.  Go Bears!  Even though our kids have long been graduated and live in a different state, we go.  As my husband says, there’s just something about a high school football game!  I have to agree.  I love the atmosphere and the school spirit, the grilled concession burgers, the cheers, and the beat of the marching bands playing the fight song.  I still get cold chills when the band plays the National Anthem during pregame as it takes me back to my marching band days.

If we were having coffee today, I’d probably share the very weird dreams I’ve had recently.  I don’t know what is bringing these very strange dreams on but I’ve had some doozies lately.  Do you ever have just crazy weird dreams that leave you scratching your head in the morning?  The other night, I dreamed I was back in vet school in student surgery and I was performing a spay on a large blonde chow dog.  Back in vet school, when doing student surgeries, there were usually four students to a surgical team.  One student was the main surgeon, one was the assistant surgeon, one was the anesthetist, and one was the gopher (the gopher’s job was to get the surgeons the things they needed, like more suture material or more sponges, etc.).  In the dream, I was the main surgeon but had no assistant surgeon, no gopher and no anesthesiologist and the dog I was working on, just got up off the surgery table when I stepped away to get some suture,  walked outside into traffic, and got hit by a car!  Why in the world I dreamed that I will never know.  It was one of those very vivid and colorful dreams and I was literally sweating when I woke up from that one!  The next night I dreamed I was back in high school on the first day of classes and I couldn’t find any of my classrooms.  I went to a very large comprehensive high school but finding my classrooms was never a problem.  In the dream I stop a teacher and ask for directions and I’m directed to a white water rafting area which is essentially a third floor that’s been flooded with rapids.  I’m given an inner tube and told that I must pass the white water rafting course to be able to attend school there.  There were monster hills to go down and the water was nothing but rushing, turbulent swirls.  I’m placed on an inner tube and pushed down a hill and I’m terrified I’m going to drown, so I pull out my cell phone and call my sister (because that’s what we all would do in that situation, huh?).  I tell her I think I’m going to die.  By drowning.  And then I woke up.  What a crazy dream!  Sometimes, I’d love to have my dreams analyzed.

If we were having coffee today, I’d probably ask you if you’ve read any good books lately.  I’ve read several good ones this summer.  My favorite was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.   It’s both a murder mystery and a coming of age novel.  I usually don’t read murder mysteries as I’m a big weenie and don’t like being scared, but I had heard so many good things about this book.  So I read it and I wasn’t sorry.

I just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.  This book was interesting to say the least.  It was narrated by the main character who is autistic (It never says but I’m assuming he had Asperger’s as he was a math and physics genius but had major problems dealing with human emotions and had underdeveloped social skills).  In the first chapter, the boy finds a neighborhood dog who has been murdered (someone stabbed it with a garden fork) and this autistic boy uses his math and physics skills to try to solve the mystery of who killed the dog.  It’s interesting to say the least and this book really takes you inside the mind of an autistic person.  I liked it.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my niece just started her third year of veterinary school and that’s hard for me to believe.  It seems she just started and I blinked my eyes and she’s already finished two years!  Here’s a picture of her in the early summer with the fish she caught.  It was a whopper!

I found out back in July that I’m going to be a great aunt (again).  My other niece (the twin sister to the niece shown above) is expecting a baby in January and she and her husband are very excited.  I am excited for them and I’m looking forward to a new baby in the family to snuggle!

Well, thanks for having coffee with me.


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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3 Responses to Virtual Coffee #6

  1. Wind Kisses says:

    I would enjoy coffee with you, Gail. I don’t think coffee is a drink and instead an experience. Don’t you agree? Yes I drink it hot, and I love the first sip more than anything. Donna

  2. I’d definitely have coffee with you Gail! Although I only have one cup a day, I drink it all year ’round. It always feels like fall to me when the kids go back to school. It doesn’t matter that I don’t have any kids that young now and it still looks & feels like summer here.
    It looks like veterinarians run in the family! That’s pretty cool!

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