The sun was just rising when I heard the rooster crow.
Old George has been on the farm since Dad brought him home . A farmer was moving on and so were his chickens. Dad could never say no when it came to chickens, I suppose we had a hundred.
That was several years ago, my Dad has since passed on. Yes old George won’t have many more years. He to is living on borrowed time. It will seem strange, a new rooster will take his place, one day.
“Mom, good morning, Peter said.“ As he jumped on the bed.
“Good morning I said” tussling his hair.
“I woke up before George“, He announced with a sound of pride in his voice.
“I see, I smell something coming from downstairs“.
“Dad is cooking eggs and pancakes“, Peter exclaimed.
“We shouldn’t keep him waiting“, as I slipped on my robe.
“Here are your slippers“, my son said.
“Oh thank you“. “I see Peter announced my cooking.” Tom said as we were walking downstairs.
“Yes and I can’t wait to sample it. I thought you would have left to go to town,” I told him.
“The plans were changed. It seems the unexpected drought has put a damper on the contract. Even parts of the West are effected“.
“I see, I replied.
Tom would you like coffee?” No, I’ve already had my quota this morning,” he said with a smile.
Tom was my night and shining armor. He swept me off my feet twenty years ago. I’m not sure what I would have done without him. God truly did put him in my life.
“I’ll have some” Peter piped up.
“You know I don’t allow coffee drinking at a young age“.
“Oh, Mom. Come on.”
“Not today, Son.”
“Melissa, since my day is going to be spent here I thought you and I would take a ride out to Millers Lake“.
“Tom, I would love to. But who will watch Peter?
“Uncle Dave is taking me fishing“, Peter said.
“Then it is settled“. Tom replied, looking in my direction.
Looking out the kitchen window and sipping on the last of the coffee, I thought about the arrival of summer. School was out and the humidity was in. When winter arrived each year it wouldn’t be long before I’d wish for warmer weather. People tend to be that way in regards to the seasons.
“Mom, Uncle Dave is here“.
“Let him in“, I called from the kitchen. “Good morning Dave“.
“Good morning, Mel“. “It was nice of you to take Peter fishing.”
Don’t think twice about it, he said. I love spending time with my favorite nephew. Though it would be nice to have a niece. You and my brother need to have a baby.”
“Well in Gods time.”
“Where is Tom,” Dave asked.
“He’s upstairs. I am sure he will be here momentarily“.
“Uncle Dave, I’m ready“.
“Ok , then we need to be going“. Dave said as he kissed me on the cheek. “Mel, think about what I said . You know about a baby“.
“Oh get out of here“, I said as I flipped the dish towel his way.
“Was that my kid brother I heard,?” Tom asked as he came down the stairs.
“Yes, it was", I replied.
“Melissa, What is that smirk about?”
“I was thinking about what Dave said.”
“And…He was saying it would be nice to have a niece. That we needed to have a baby.”
“What did you tell him?” “I simply said in God’s time.”
“Are you ready to go?“ Tom asked.
I just have to get my purse. I packed us a lunch. It is there on the table, I said.
I’ll get it, He said. Tom opened the truck door and the summer heat escaped on my face. It’s going to be a hot one today, I said reaching for my sunglasses.
That it is, Tom said.
“Have I told you how much I love you Melissa Parker?” He said as he drew me close.
You told me yesterday, I replied.
I won’t let a day go by without looking into your eyes and letting you know.
You have been a blessing to Peter and I. One that I hope continues for a life time, I said.
Tom put his arms around me and with a lingering kiss let me know just how much he did love me.
“Melissa, a baby does sound like a wonderful idea.”
“Tom, I believe you are right.”
Through his eyes God showed me just how much a blessing my husband has been and through Thomas Parker God's plan will continue to be a reality in our lives.