Early Morning Gratitudes: Slice of Life 17/31 #sol16

slice of life

I am grateful:

For the soothing chimes that woke me slowly

For the creaky floor that woke my son as I was tiptoeing through the living room

For my son’s stentorian bellow—“MOM!”

For the cheek, warm and sweet-smelling from sleep, that he allowed me to kiss

For this morning’s cat, Fergus, who swished and swirled around me as I got ready

For my phone, loaded with interesting audiobooks and podcasts for the drive

For the stillness and silence of the morning

For curiosity, which led me to an audiobook on “interpersonal neurobiology” at 6:15 in the morning

For sunrise over the Plains–lavender, violet, mauve, orchid fading to pink

For the deer that looked twice before she crossed the road

For the fifty miles I drove without seeing another car

For the mama cow on the wrong side of the fence who stood beside the highway, vigorously sampling the different grasses

For the baby calf curled in the grass at her side

For my phone again, because it knew just what to do when I Googled “How do I report a cow on the highway in South Dakota”

For highway patrol dispatch, who promised to get a vehicle on site right away “to get that mama and her baby rounded up”

For open space and big skies in every direction

For strong dark coffee

For the silence of the office before anyone else arrives at work

For this quiet hour to write


Today’s Slice was inspired by The Sassy Bibliophile’s post, Grateful.





16 responses to “Early Morning Gratitudes: Slice of Life 17/31 #sol16”

  1. carriegelson Avatar

    Oh the Mama cow. I love just thinking about this story

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It was a lovely scene. Luckily virtually no traffic so I wasn’t too worried about another car hitting her AND she was REALLY excited about the grass on the side of the road, so I felt like she would probably be very occupied by that until highway patrol could get there.

  2. Shari Daniels Avatar

    Love this. Especially that strong, dark coffee. :-))) I might steal this structure from you today. 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      This is one of the parts of this challenge that I’m enjoying the most–finding inspiration in other writers’ posts and having others “steal” my ideas too!

  3. Linda Baie Avatar

    You took me along too. Thank you for the thoughts and sites!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I appreciate you and your comments so much, Linda!

  4. Tara Smith Avatar

    That was a lovely ride…plus the coffee, of course!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      The drive is beautiful every day but made a little bit better by the fact that coffee is always waiting at the other end!

  5. Carol Avatar

    Sounds like such a peaceful morning. Hope your day continued like this!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It did! Even after I got home. I LOVE homeschooling!!!!!

  6. rdicarne Avatar

    Lovely post. Thanks!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you for reading!

  7. Stealing Ideas sol#16 | Islands of My Soul Avatar

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  8. Sonja Schulz Avatar

    beautiful post on your gratitudes for today. Lovely!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks for giving me the idea! I wanted to write about that cow but couldn’t figure out how, then I thoughtful about your grateful post, and the whole post came together quickly. Miracle!

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