Thursday, August 25, 2011

Neighborly Coffee

School finally started
for the little ones here in town.

I am hosting a last minute coffee
for the moms on my street
right after they put their young cherubs
on the big yellow bus this morning.

I wonder if there will be tears,
and if so, tears of joy
or of sorrow?

They are bringing the food
and I am to provide the coffee.
No decaf, they said!

Hemlock and hydrangea.

It seems like only yesterday
 that my big ones were
climbing up those big old stairs
into that same yellow bus.


Time sure flies,
doesn't it?



Linda said...

Oh Alison I remember those days. Our number 1 son rode the school bus. Our other children were raised in a subdivision where we were close to the school. So some days I would walk with them and then I would either have a few friends in for coffee. We would switch it up. Then home we would go to do our chores. Before you knew it school was out.
I love the brown transferware.

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Alison ~
Goosebumps, here,
as my house has
a similar feel
to yours....AND,
I follow a lot of
the same blogs on
your sidebar : )
Have even met many
of those bloggers
at Midwest events
over the last year.
Looking forward to
xx Suzanne
PS: YES, the years
fly by....too darn
fast. You are so
lovely to host this
sweet coffee. Bet
they LOVED it!

Dorie said...

Dangit! I wish I was your neighbor:( LOVE the transferware! And your pics are fab:

Richard Cottrell said...

I used to ride the school bus for i hour each way. In winter it was dark when we got on and off. made for a long day for wee ones. Other wise, i enjoyed my fellow bus riders and we did some homework and talked about every body else. i love your brown and white transfer. looks like it was a fun morning coffee. Thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Babs said...

What a lovely thing to host a coffee for the moms. LOVE your setting and transferware. How nice to be close for neighbors to drop in. When our son was in elementary school, we lived out in the boonies. In the winter he'd ride his sled down the hill to the school. That wasn't nearly as long ago as it sounds. LOL
Have a great weekend

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

How sweet of you Alison to host coffee time with your neighbors! Wish I was one of them:) Martina

Salmagundi said...

Your setting is so inviting - I would come just to have coffee in your brown transferware!!Sally

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Alison, what fun to have a get together on the first day of school. Love your china.

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Alison, I enjoyed your morning coffee party today. The transferware and pretty linens are just lovely. I think when my kids went on the bus I probably went and made the beds. No coffee parties for me. Pamela

AntiqueChase said...

What a lovely spread.... sure wish I lived on your street!! xxoo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how fun. I was a working mom so I always missed these fun coffee get togethers. I am sure everyone had a great time. Your tablesetting looks gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love your brown transferware! Yes, I remember putting my baby on the bus for the first time. He turned 37 on Monday...

Designs By Pinky said...

Oh what precious memories this brings back! In my old neighborhood, where my children grew up, several of us Moms started getting together for coffee the same way. 30 some years later we are now 15 women, get together every month for birthdays and even do a long weekend trip to the beach (coming up soon!!!!). I adore your brown transferware! I had never heard of it til I started blogging!!!! Can you believe that??!! I sure wish I were your neighbor! These friendships are a treasure. XO, Pinky

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

What bittersweet memories! Bitter, remembering that my son was NEVER ready on time and sweet, because they were such innocents. It was a time of true purpose and a time when my patience was tested each day. What a great idea to host a morning coffee. I've done it several times and it's always fun. Enjoy!

Gypsy Heart said...

I remember...
Everything looks so pretty! Did you have a fun time? I hope there were few tears and lots of laughter.


Rebecca said...

Yes, time DOES fly. What a lovely idea to host the coffee! You are certainly providing a fine setting.

The enchanted home said...

Oh how beautiful! What a beautiful, cozy and elegant feel! So wish I lived closer so I could pop over for some tea and company! Looks incredibly inviting!!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I do think most all of us can relate! My hairdresser was in tears this morning because her youngest went off to our same town...but things are forever changed. LOVED your pictures, dishes, and accessories. Beautiful!

Melissa Miller said...

I do agree with that. It goes by in a flash.

Beautiful photos!

Cindy said...

How sweet! Such a lovely setting ... they are so lucky to have you! YES...time flies...makes me want to cry! Just loved having my children living at home with me!

Martha said...

How nice that you all get together!!! The first day of school is always mixed emotions -- sad because they're gone but glad because they're gone!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Alison, What a great thing to do! Getting together... a little something for the mom's to look forward to.
It's a good thing I was not there... I have been looking for brown transferware for the longest time and not only is your beautiful, but you have it displayed for coffee in the most fetching way!!! I might have had to borrow your gorgeous set!
I have to stop "pinning" you house! I get the best ideas when I stop by the Polohouse.
xo Yvonne

Upscale Downhome said...

No more big yellow buses for me, either! It does go so fast. Tuesday I'm taking my oldest to college. It's going to we a weepy one! Who wouldn't love to come to coffee at your house? You set the scene so beautifully.

michele said...

it really does. and i still long for those earlier days when life was simpler because the world didn't have such a firm grip on my guys. they depended on me for emotional support and for laughter, and i was a hero everytime i baked cookies. now it's more complicated. there are lots of girls who have become that emotional support. and it's their friends who make them laugh the hardest. and it's tough finding a time they will be home to bake cookies!

what a lovely gesture to get together with the other moms! i'm still under the weather but hopeful that this gorgeous sunshine will make it a little easier on me.



High Street Cottage said...

So much to comment on in this delightful post, Allison! First off, awesome idea,the coffee for the first day of school, second, that little Bear shaker I spyed! Is it holding cinnamon? And third, the lamp! My dream lamp! Fourth, the brown and white china, the napkins, all of it, put together perfectly, makes me wish I had littlen's off to school, well done, tami


How sweet! Your table is so beautiful...I am sure they love coming to your house for coffee :)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

How nice, Alison! I think it's a great idea to host a coffee the day the kids start back to school. Everything looks so pretty for your coffee!!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

What a wonderful idea Alison! That way all the mothers can comiserate the first tears (and there were always tears) were mixed....happiness and sadness...happy for them and their exciting year ahead and sad for I knew they were getting a step further away....

Beautiful photos...

Lou Cinda