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Rainy Day Blessings

Last full day in Mississippi 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

We dashed from the truck into the narrow confines of Abe’s Grill to avoid getting soaked by the rain. We took our seats on the red vinyl stools. Abe’s wife immediately offered us coffee, while she attended to a customer on the far end of the counter. 

I acknowledged the gentleman one stool over. He welcomed us with his drawl of good morning. Abe, the proprietor, hollered our way, “Hope  y’all came hungry. You want eggs?” I answered yes. “What kind?” Scrambled, I hollered back. Les confirmed he wanted over medium. Abe’s son cracked our eggs on the grill with one hand, while expertly turning sausage patties with a spatula in his other hand.

Abe added bacon to Les’ plate and two biscuits to mine and cup of gravy each. I gave my gravy and one biscuit to Les. We devoured the warm, greasy goodness. 

It was a mesmerizing experience, eavesdropping on the local conversations. Once things slowed down, Abe and his wife chatted with the locals about  the rain and life.

One quotable was Abe’s remark about the rain:

“Remember what Travis  Cornelius always said … if you wait ’til it stops rainin’ to work, you ain’t never gonna make a dollar.”

I tucked this wisdom in my heart, and definitely think Travis Cornelius is a great name for a character in one of those stories I plan to write one of these days.

And I chuckled at this exchange between a regular and Abe’s son. 

As he served her a plate of ham, eggs and biscuits, he said,”This’ll be the best breakfast of your life.” She replied, “I had the same yesterday.” It’s all about perspective, now isn’t it?

After our second fill up on coffee, Abe struck up a conversation asking about our boat and travels, since I mentioned that the marina guy highly recommended Abe’s place. When we told him we were headed to St.Augustine, he immediately told us to eat at Cap’s place. The food is great and the view of the green coastline when you cross the bridge is breathtaking, so says Abe.

After our delightful breakfast, we ran back through the rain to go buy some provisions and do our laundry at the local laundromat.

It rained all day, which was just fine for us. I played around with paints in my art journal and Les caught up on work emails.

For dinner, I cooked up some stir fry with canned chicken, shredded broccoli mix and sliced celery flavored with ginger, honey, orange marmalade and soy sauce and some green chilies.

Our neighbors were heading out to anchor out on the river, as a pink sunset peeked out under the rain clouds.

And the neighbors next to them invited us over to tour the inside of their sailboat, and we ended up visiting and sharing stories of our boating adventures. 

What kind of blessings did you experience today?

6 responses to “Rainy Day Blessings”

  1. Today, we received a phone call from our neighbor. Nine days ago, he called us and asked us to take him to the ER. He got transferred to Indpls. to a heart hospital and had a heart cath ( came out good.) Then the next day he had two implants placed in him to control his heart. It was good to hear from him. He’s staying at his son and daughter-in-law’s for a while. He thanked us for helping him.

    1. Cecelia- So glad to hear your neighbor is well…so grateful you could be there for him…loving our neighbors is a real good thing!

  2. Kel,
    Love reading about your adventures. Travis Cornelius’s quote (which will become famous when you write your novel!) somehow, in an odd way, reminds me of a line from The Arkansas Traveler, a folksong that mother used to play and I used to sing as a girl. I’ll share it here (as if you and your readers had nothing better to do than read this; but if you know the tune, then tap your heels and sing along!)
    The Arkansas Traveler
    Oh, once upon a time in Arkansas,
    An old man sat in his little cabin door
    And fiddled at a tune that he liked to hear,
    A jolly old tune that he played by ear.
    It was raining hard, but the fiddler didn’t care,
    He sawed away at the popular air,
    Tho’ his rooftree leaked like a waterfall,
    That didn’t seem to bother the man at all.

    A traveler was riding by that day,
    And stopped to hear him a-practicing away;
    The cabin was a-float and his feet were wet,
    But still the old man didn’t seem to fret.
    So the stranger said “Now the way it seems to me,
    You’d better mend your roof,” said he.
    But the old man said as he played away,
    “I couldn’t mend it now, it’s a rainy day.”

    The traveler replied, “That’s all quite true,
    But this, I think, is the thing to do;
    Get busy on a day that is fair and bright,
    Then patch the old roof till it’s good and tight.”
    But the old man kept on a-playing at his reel,
    And tapped the ground with his leathery heel.
    “Get along,” said he, “for you give me a pain;
    My cabin never leaks when it doesn’t rain.”

    It’s not raining here, but I hear that it rains in Iona a LOT! The blessing is that I am going (trembling in my rainproof boots, though I have not yet purchased them), and God has provided a Missouri traveler to go w/ me on the journey. Panicked as I am about traveling abroad alone, this was a sheer gift of grace from our FAther.

    Keep sharing your journey! I love it.

    1. Lynni- I am so excited for your future adventure to Iona! It’s grand how the Father works things for our best…a Missouri traveler, anyone I know? Good gifts from above flooding over us! I love the song…never heard it before, but love the punch line. More travel adventures and stories and novel ideas coming to this station soon!

      1. It’s a cute song. When I see you, I will serenade you w/ it! I don’t think you know her. I will email her name.
        love you.
        Adventure on, rain or shine!

        1. Lynni-I look forward to the serenade! So glad God provided a companion for your adventure!

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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