A Quiet Cup and Kind Words: Five Minute Friday


I don’t drink tea, or coffee either for that matter. But I like the idea of friends, especially busy moms, taking the time to sit for a quiet cup in a café or a deserted living room or kitchen while the children are elsewhere. This is something desperately missing in my life right now. I love my MOPS group and the ladies there are a lifeline, but I miss the one on one connection. In interact with others at work an in ministry activities. But in a world where snow fall seems to keep everyone indoors and one virus or another keeps us apart for fear of spreading the latest bug, this winter has been an isolated one so far.

The haze of the holidays never quiet lifted as we all sailed into the chaos of the new year and now January is nearing a close and I feel like I’ve barely left my house except to go to the grocery store, church or work. Oh, work. That job that I took up again because it seemed like a blessing from God; both the time away and the paycheck. But now it leaks into my daily life, sucking away the energy to call a friend. Of course I excuse my lack of initiative by telling myself that most of my friends are far too busy anyway. It’s mostly true, but I also know that I just don’t have the strength to extend myself into those relationships. So the proverbial teapot remains in the cabinet awaiting an opportunity to share. So as I head into yet another Friday and a busy week ahead, I promise myself that when it all calms, maybe I’ll call a friend.


6 thoughts on “A Quiet Cup and Kind Words: Five Minute Friday

  1. I remember those moments when your small ones keep you so busy that even sitting down and drinking a cup of tea seems to be an unfilled dream. Many times I got together with a friend who had children the same age as me and chatted with her while looking after the kids: keeping an eye on them while they are playing, making their snack, taking them to the park. We did not sit and relax too often but at least we got that adult conversation we craved 🙂 (headed over from FMF)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. When the weather is nice, the outdoor playdates definitely leave some time for adult conversation. I usually love winter, or at least many things about it, but that is one part of spring and summer that I’m looking forward to. (Though a friend and I did have a sledding playdate last December that was fun).

  2. Oh Bethany – I am sending you virtual hugs to help energize you and help you feel connected! I can relate to those feelings of isolation, and tiredness. Offering up prayers for you that strength and joy are yours this day. Glad I found you on the Five-Minute Friday linkup.

    1. Amy, thanks so much for stopping by and the kind words. The bad weather has kept us away from our local MOPS group a lot as well so I’m definitely feeling the disconnection. But I know this is just a season (literally) that will pass.

  3. I absolutely know how you feel! My kids have been sick nonstop since Christmas so we (read “I'”) am in serious need of fellowship right now! Thanks for the reminder that I can give someone a call…I know from experience how even just the missed call or voicemail makes me feel remembered and loved.

  4. I know what you mean. Work is a great energy sucker. I have dusty teapots waiting on shelves. I hope you find balance and friend filled days…

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