Sunshine Sunday ~ Rituals

Sunshine Sunday Ritual Breakfast

It’s 6:30…maybe 7. Sun is wrestling through the blinds, but the giveaway is the lorikeet outside the window – Rosie’s cue to wake.

She starts do-do-loo-do-ooodling. I gently lift her out of the bed, so she doesn’t wake her big sister. Do NOT wake the big sister, who needs sleep like a comatose teenager/dragon. Waking the dragon before she’s ready does not bode well.

Rosie and I spend an hour or so reading baby books, or doing a puzzle. Sometimes I’ll go for a short run with her in the pram. “Rum!” she calls out excitedly, as I get out my fluoro pink running top.

At last, the dragon stirs, and with a Pip and a Pop, she’s leaping around the living room less like a dragon, more like Joy Unbuttoned. The coffee machine goes on with a brurrr – a sound I hope will wake the other slumbersome dragon from his den.

I put on the eggs to boil, the toast in the toaster, and grind the coffee. While the eggs boil, I set the table – cacciatore salami, chorizo, smoked salmon, triple cream brie, tomatoes, sauerkraut, chutney, plates, egg cups etc. The art of preparation has been finely tuned so that all systems are in synchrony. The second coffee should be being made just as eggs are reaching their perfect point of boil, and the toast has popped.

The second coffee on the table is the cue for people to come sit.

Breakfast in the sunshine house. No matter what’s going on, it’s a ritual I insist on. The other day, I ate a peanut butter sandwich and swigged cold tea while finishing off a contract before 9am, instead of sitting up for sunshine breakfast. It was a poor substitute.

Our breakfast ritual stems from Gregor’s heritage. His family have lengthy decadent continental breakfasts every morning – and breakfast will usually be the only meal until dinnertime. It took me a while to move away from my cholesterol-free porridge, or healthy muesli with tea start to the day. Now, anything less than our usual spread seems like cheating. Breakfast, or Break Fast With Feast, is a languid hour, easing me properly into the day. Not sure how we will go when Elfie has to go to school.

When I was at uni, I wrote a ten-minute play about rituals called The Perfect Point of Boil. It was about an older couple whose existence had basically been pared down to the rituals of how they made their tea.

Most families will have a ritual, or series of rituals, that define the pattern of their day.

What are yours?

Share your stories about rituals for Sunshine Sundays here. Drop in to visit the other linkees. Sadly, Kate, who has been joining us here each week with the most stunning posts, will be taking a little break while she does that thing called Life. We will miss you Kate! For everyone else, next week’s prompt is “Earth”.

PS…Did you do Earth Hour? We nearly forgot! 

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  • LydiaCLee

    We were out, so missed Earth Hour (did you know Spiderman was the mascot? First time a Superhero has been linked with Earth Hour).
    2 short blacks are my coffee ritual in the morning, and it’s a bad day if I miss one!

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Just beautiful, Zanni. I cannot believe that breakfast. What a spread! Very different from our weetbix 🙂 I think it’s lovely for you all to sit down and have that time together. We don’t have that in this house. Hubby doesn’t get home until late, so family dinners are out. I should push him out of bed in the mornings though, so we can all have breakfast together. (The words wouldn’t come for me on rituals this week, but hopefully I will join in with Earth next week) xx

  • Bec | Mumma Tells

    I adore absolutely everything about this, Zanni. We try our best to “do” dinner together, but at times it is difficult at the moment with Tiny… just that little but too little to join us and in need of attention once all bums are on seats. You know the drill. 😉

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    Wow Zanni – that is some sort of spread. Reminds me of the buffet in Guanzhou at the White Swan hotel when we adopted Miss Yin – it had all the continental European fare, plus Asian (omlette to order), plus fatty American (pass), plus gorgeous fruit platters, pastries etc etc. I usually make a lovely Sunday breakfast but as for weekdays….I could only dream of such a ritual.

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    PS Linking up my post from earlier in the week, which happened to be about a morning ritual! Hope that’s ok.

  • Oh Zanni, thank you! Love this little community and will be back! Love your morning ritual. Love a Continental breakfast myself, reminder of the backpacking days in European hostels. I only wish coffee machines weren’t so noisy… I’d turn it on much earlier than I do.

  • Samantha Turnbull

    That brekky looks great – and makes me feel quite inadequate as a provider! Ha! My partner starts work before we’re up, so it’s just me and the kids at that time of day… I love our ‘slow’ mornings and worry about what will happen when school starts and I go back to work too 🙁

  • Zanni, what a beautiful ritual for you all to enjoy! We always have dinner together, but breakfast is only all together on the weekends.
    Sorry I’m so late today, we got off to an early start, but the day got away from me.
    Will miss the lovely Kate here, but we seem to flit on and off each others’ screens over the years, so that’s nice to know.
    Have a glorious week xx

  • So beautiful. I would love a breakfast hour such as this every morning xx

  • Breakfast through the week is always a quick event as everyone races off to school, activities and work but on the weekend, usually Saturday, we like to have a cooked breakfast and everyone sits down together!

  • TeganMC

    Oh that breakfast sounds delicious. On the days that we have a proper breakfast and move slowly into the day are definitely better around here too.

  • What an amazing way to start the day, it sounds just perfect. My husband starts work early during the week, and then rides early in the morning on the weekends. After reading this, I will be encouraging him to join us all for breakfast at least once on the weekends. Apologies for not joining in this week, I had several half written posts but none of them seemed right. See you next week x

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