If We Were Having Coffee #9 – Four More Weeks

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If we were having coffee, I would have the usual flavors on hand to offer and a few choices for creamer.  We tend to always have French vanilla but we also have raspberry chocolate flavored creamer that is quite tasty with a donut shop blend. I’m going with a breakfast blend and French vanilla. Let’s head to my back porch and enjoy the morning shade.

It’s been about four weeks since I have posted anything which I believe is a new record. I’ve tried  to be consistent for the last year and post every week or at worst, every other week. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. Quite the opposite actually considering how much has happened over the last four weeks.

Immediately after my son’s college orientation, I had to work in Texas for a week. I got back home on July 4th at about one in the morning and thankfully had the next week off of work.  On Wednesday morning of my week off, my son left on a trip to Ireland, Wales, and England.  I didn’t write about it then for obvious safety concerns but he had a blast.  He texted us daily and sent loads of pictures each day of his travels, including a few letting us know he was of legal drinking age while there. He returned on Thursday of the following week and then we were in a mad dash preparing for his graduation party on the 18th.  He wanted Mexican food so we made enough food for about a hundred people to each have three tacos, beans, and rice.  We only had about sixty show up so needless to say we put some in the fridge and froze much of the rest.  We’ll be eating burritos and tacos for the next month, which really isn’t a bad thing. I think when it comes time for my youngest son’s graduation we just might have it catered.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that in spite of all the craziness of the last four weeks, I have been reading books each evening to wind down.  We bought a bag full of used books at a local SPCA fundraiser and I’ve read James Rollins, Dan Brown, Lee Childs, Brad Meltzer, and an author I had never heard of: Jeffrey Archer.   I haven’t been writing so reading was a welcome break.  I needed that.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is the next four weeks that have me concerned. Four weeks from yesterday, we will be dropping off our son at college.  We only have a few minor things to take care of now prior to his move in and hopefully will be able to enjoy his last four weeks with us somewhat stress free. I keep thinking there is more I need to talk to him about but all I can do is pray that his mother and I have done our job correctly and we are sending off a very grounded, respectful, and capable young man.  Well I suppose there’s one last thing… we need to teach him how to do his laundry.  Beyond that, I know he will be fine.

Four more weeks and life around here will return to some normalcy.  I think.



  1. Diana

    Glad to see you back on the coffee share! What a time of it you’ve had recently. Glad the graduation party went well, and so happy to see that your son had a good time abroad, too. Best of luck as you guys prepare to send him off for freshman year!

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thanks Diana. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer so far.

  2. Regina Martins

    Jeffrey Archer is superb, I enjoy his books. Good to see you on the coffee share this week and look forward to your coffee share next week.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      I loved Archer’s book! Glad I found him and will have to read more.

  3. fillyourownglass

    Busy & happy happenings are overflowing in your life right now…enjoy it all! Glad to hear from you today! I have found that I am stepping away from my blog more often these days as well.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      It’s easy to step away some times when there are so many other things going on… that can’t wait.

  4. shawn

    so many great authors, so little time….

    • W.C. Cunningham

      And that is the truth.

  5. DenaRogers

    Personally, I think in four more weeks you’ll be adjusting to a new normal. I tear up every time you post about this, because I know my time is soon coming. As I’ve said before it’s exciting and bittersweet all at the same time, but I’m sure you and your wife have done an excellent job. Enjoy it while you can!

    • W.C. Cunningham

      It happens so fast Dena. This last school year has just screamed past us. If I could make one change, I would have started his college stuff last summer instead of early October. We were scrambling for a few months late fall and winter. Lesson learned.

  6. philosophoenix

    If we were having coffee, I’d invite myself for leftovers. I’m glad your son had such a wonderful trip abroad, especially in Wales. The culture is downright musical if you have a love of storytelling and language, but most importantly–the people are generally friendly. Travel as a young person is a wonderful way to nurture tolerance and balance. Your son will do well–from all I’ve read, he seems a very responsible guy. I wish him luck next month!

    I’m very glad to hear you’ve taken time for reading. I’ve done something similar, incorporating the short walk to the tiny library nearby into my weekly routine. I think we focus, all too often, on buying books. But at the library, they’re free…which is just the right price for me at present. Plus, their national funding is rumored to be getting cut, and I want to offer my support with volunteer work if I can.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Listening to his tales upon his return has sparked my own interest to visit Ireland and Wales. I’ve only been to England and worked the majority of the time there but did have a day of sightseeing in Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon. I also enjoyed my evenings of colorful conversations in the pub at my inn.

      Still plenty of leftovers… 🙂

  7. Tena Carr

    Best of luck to your son 🙂

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thank you Tena!

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