If We Were Having Coffee #12 – The Write Place

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If we were having coffee, I would have a number of choices to offer you today. We have a breakfast blend, a donut shop blend, a dark roast, and a Kona blend. Since many of you don’t drink coffee, I also have tea. What kind of tea you ask? The kind you drop into a cup and pour steaming hot water over. I need to learn more about tea. As for me, I’ll have a dark roast with pumpkin spice creamer since it feels more like an October morning than it does a September morning.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we got to see my son last week for his birthday. We traveled to see him at his college, took him shopping, and then went out to dinner. We brought him home for the weekend since we had a three day weekend. Coming home with us was a last minute decision on his part but he wanted to get back to school on Sunday afternoon versus Monday so he’d have a day and a half to study. We also took his girlfriend with us. When he first got home and went upstairs to his bedroom, he came down and complained that his room was a mess. My wife reminded him that he left it that way but she still felt bad.

He got to spend a little time with us, time with his girlfriend, and time with some of his friends. We took him back Sunday afternoon, along with a few supplies he needed and got to see what his dorm room looked like after a few weeks on his own. His desk area looked academic, as did his dorm mate’s. The rest of the room was organized with the exception of their beds. Apparently college students don’t make beds. I helped unpack the few supplies we got him and my wife made his bed. He walked us downstairs and we played a quick game of pool, hugged goodbye and my wife and I were home by 5:30. I think that is the first time I have ever played pool with my son. I enjoyed it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that last Monday was a lazy day for me. I wrote a post then read a book the remainder of the day. Not so for my wife. She also had Tuesday and Wednesday off and had decided she was going to clean upstairs. We have two bedrooms upstairs, one being my son’s and the other being used as my wife’s “woman cave” for scrap-booking and crafts. There is also a small landing outside the two bedroom doors that has been filled with junk for years it seems. I seldom go up there. Her mom came over to help and I graciously stayed out of their way (hid is more like it).

Although my youngest has hinted that he wanted to move upstairs, we want to leave things the way they are. I think it’s important that my oldest has his room to come home to on breaks and summers. He’s dealing with enough change.

When I got home from work Tuesday evening, my wife was very excited to show me upstairs. My son’s room was immaculate, her scrap-booking/craft room was organized, and the landing was clear with one exception – it had my son’s desk. Really it’s my desk that I gave him a few years ago to give him an area to do homework in his room. The right place. It helped him develop good study habits.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my family has been very supportive of my writing. I haven’t had a designated writing place or an office like I’ve had in other homes we’ve had over the years. I’ve been writing while sitting in a recliner, sitting at the kitchen table, sitting at the dining room table, or sitting outside on our deck.

My wife’s gift to me Tuesday evening was a spot to write. The right place. The write place.

I freaking love it!


My Desk

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  1. Great stuff. Thanks for sharing. It’s nice to have that special place.

  2. If we were having coffee, I’d of course have coffee, but I’d be delighted to chatter about tea. It’s a member of the Camelia family–Camelia sinensis–and is one of the human wonder-plants, along with kola nut, coffee, and cacao. It contains caffeine as well as other amino acids that make it toxic and unpalatable to animals. Humans have cornered the market on these plants. Each variety of tea has a distinctive terroir, like wine. As well, each has a part to play in colonialism, and a story told about botanical migration.

    I’m glad your son had a good birthday, and that the upstairs is now clean. Also, your writing book looks fabulous! Happy Sunday. 🙂

    • W.C. Cunningham

      September 13, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      I would enjoy the tea chatter. But then, I would enjoy most any chatter with you. When I was in the UK for work, I had thought things like tea time were just something we just made up here in the states when people tend to stereotype other cultures. It was a “thing” and I enjoyed it. It was my first time having milk in my tea along with my first time having a scone. I would love to experience that again.

      I’m loving my new writing space and put it to good use this weekend. I might need a more comfortable chair though. Time to hit the thrift shops. Happy Sunday to you too Erin 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your writing space. That’s really sweet of your wife.

    I’m over 30 and I don’t make my bed. I don’t get the point – never have. You’re going back in there in a few hours anyway.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      September 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I saw a poll once somewhere and was surprised how many people feel the same way about making their beds. I think I enjoy making mine simply because the dogs tend to find their way onto the bed while we are gone during the day.

  4. I read an article recently that said it was actually healthier to not make the bed as an unmade bed allows dry air to get in and kill off the mites. I’m not sure if it’s true, but I’m going with it. What a thoughtful act by your wife to give you a space of your own to write! Happy Sunday to you!

  5. You have a writing desk now! Yea!!!!

  6. Love that new little writing spot. 🙂

    Glad you had a good visit with your son! Sounds like you needed it and so did he.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      September 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Much needed! I don’t know how all these parents handle it when their kids are really far away. We’re thankful it was his choice to be only a few hours away.

  7. I like your wife :). The writing spot looks simple and lovely.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      September 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      I like it and needed it. Amazing what a difference having your own space can make.

      • I’m sort of in the same position. I roam around the house trying to find a place to sit that’s quiet. I’m not sure how convenience the office D’s building will be since it’s detached from the house, but at least I’ll have my own space.

        • W.C. Cunningham

          September 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

          I’ve always had my own space until about four years ago and I wasn’t attempting to write then so this is nice.

  8. That looks like a wonderful spot–how sweet of your wife! My hubby supports my blogging habit, too! He set up a desk in his part of the family room/man-cave/garage for me until our master bedroom addition is complete. I, too, sit wherever–the sofa mostly with the laptop. Congrats on a new space!

  9. It’s great that you now have your own corner to write and such a supportive wife. Hope it has the desired effect 🙂

  10. heatherjacksonwrites

    September 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Aw, congrats on getting a write place! It looks amazing. And I laughed out loud at your tea description: “The kind you drop into a cup and pour steaming hot water over.” Ha! Well, I appreciate my tea, so thanks for making the effort. 🙂

  11. That is wonderful!!!!!! I’m so happy for you. 🙂

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