Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Month, Day 28: The Saturday Morning Crowd

One of the things I love the most about the TH is our Saturday mornings. No, I'm not talking about the 5:30 a.m. staggering-down-the-stairs-wondering-if-I-fell-and-broke-my-leg-would-we-still-have-to-open-and-how-long-could-I-rest-in-the-emergency-waiting-room? part of the morning.

I'm talking about the part shortly before 10 a.m. when one of our regulars - Ed - comes in the side door and we chat desultorily about our respective weeks and discuss the tea blend he would like this morning and what music we should listen to for the day.

Sometimes his friend Dan will show up and the two of them will sit in companionable silence, for the most part, reading a book or newspaper.

Ted will amble in somewhere between 10 and 10:15. If Dan's not there, he'll sit with Ed until Brian and Char pull up, and then he'll join them and Dan or someone else will join Ed.

We all have our routine. We all know each other's ways. We all suspiciously eye "new" people coming in at that time of day (although Richard and Lana and Rebecca, Dad and BethAnne, Brenda, Alicia and kids, Don and Norma, Paul, Lorne and Rebecca and Naomi, Joanne - oh, okay, ALL of you! - are more than welcome to join us!).

Still, to go back to the original five - I know what they will want to eat, and they know I know. It's just like being at home ...

  • Earl Grey and quiche
  • Cream Earl Grey and mango mousse
  • Decaff coffee with cream and toast with peanut butter
  • Decaff Earl Grey and toast with peanut butter and raspberry jam
  • Small mug of coffee and cinnamon roll, no butter
The start of my weekend is somehow not complete without each one of them making an appearance.

See you on Saturday!


  1. you fixed that purple chair!!! oh! i wish i could hug it...

    i wish i could hug you. :)

  2. Man, I haven't been there for way too many Saturdays--and I'm working again this Saturday! What time are your cinnamon rolls ready to go?

  3. Oh how I treasure the familiar faces, all greeting us with smiles, glances or nods. The 'knowing' is a quiet welcome.

  4. If all goes as it should, they're actually ready at about 8:30 - you could sneak in the side door and pick one up and say hi on your way to work ... Miss you, my friend!

  5. I wish we lived closer. It sounds like such a nice way to start the morning. I can't complain though. We had some delicious applesauce oatmeal pancakes, prepared by Scott:). Hope you have a wonderful week!


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