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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Me and Joe

Nothing stays the same. That's the only thing you can count on. Well, I take that back one thing morning coffee. You get the title of today's post now right? See Joe and I go way back. He's always been there for me. Every day he stands a post and provides me with that little bit of foundation and stability I need. So armed I can vanquish any foe and arm myself against the trappings of the day ahead. Sounds like a battle hmmm? Well, some days it is. Others it's more like a jousting tournament on the first day of May with all of its frivolity and celebration. Each day is different but Joe stays the same. That's comforting. No matter where I travel, no matter where I live, no matter how old I get or who I'm with there will always be that first cup of coffee in the morning with a tiny splash of cream and some cinnamon.

So why am I dwelling (clinging for dear life) to anything stable? I blame the time of year. Despite the fact that I no longer make that yearly shopping trip for new pencils and notebooks (I am soooo old! Now kids are shopping for iPads), I still feel like it's the start of a new cycle. A fresh start. And new beginnings are great don't get me wrong, but it's nice to have a framework to fall back on while new people and traditions are being incorporated. Which brings us to the reason I'm looking to my morning coffee for stability. My framework is very different than it was a year ago and it's still changing. People have come and gone, attachments are not what they were and my hopes for the future are very different. Normally there have been a few things that I knew I could count on, people I knew I'd see. This year that won't be the case in many instances. But that's ok. That's life. 

I think we surround ourselves with photos and mementos because things do change so much over the course of a life. The framework I've had for the past five years was not what it was ten years ago and so on. Change is always scary but it's also very exhilarating. You loose people but you also gain others. As we change we also hopefully incorporate all we've learned and become better.  I'm very much looking forward to the next five years and the new traditions they'll bring. Joe will be my confidant on this journey as he always is. He knows my secrets and will stand beside me no matter what giving guidance along the way. He is warm. He is strong. He is Joe. And he's my favorite tradition. 

1 comment:

  1. The old and new are juxtaposed by antique things in the foreground with the high-tech alarm or HVAC control panel reflected in the mirror. -Denny