I’ve noticed that since I’ve been writing regularly, I’ve begun to notice more. This, however has not translated to becoming more observant. Fortunately, being oblivious is a hard trait to overcome.
Nancy and I are at the hotel restaurant. We’re sitting at a table with the most incredible view of the Santa Catalina Mountains. By simply glancing to my left, I gaze out at the jagged ridge that rises out of the desert. I notice the way the shadows alternate with the sun-splashed areas. The contrast with the deep blue of the Arizona sky is striking. I notice the sliver of a crescent moon above the hills, a waxing crescent, I believe.
But we’re here to eat. Focus. I’m scanning the menu, looking for the perfect pre-hike breakfast. I decide against the pancakes or the cornbread pain perdue. Too heavy on the carbs. Might slow me down. I could use more protein. I decide to go with the eggs and bacon combo. I inform Nancy, so that she will not order the same thing. That’s a thing for me.
“I’m going with the two eggs. I’ll have them over easy. What are you having?” I ask.
“I’m thinking of having the short stack of pancakes.”
“Good,” I reply. “I’m going with the bacon. It comes with those homefries, too, right? Now I just have to decide what kind of toast.”
“Wow, you’re really on top of this breakfast ordering. That coffee kicked in fast, huh?” Nancy is pretending to be impressed. She’s actually resisting telling me how nerdy I’m seeming.
“Yeah, what kind of toast do they have?” I wanted to know so that I could say the whole order without the waiter asking me any questions. It’s a sign of someone who’s really observant. This was our third breakfast at the hotel, after all.
“They have whole wheat, sourdough, English muffin, or gluten-free,” Nancy replies.
“Wow, how did you remember all that?” I asked, impressed. She’s not writing every day, but she’s clearly very observant.
“It says it on the menu.”
“Where? I didn’t see that.”
“Right in the middle…under the heading, ‘Toast.’”
I glance to the menu again. “Oh. Right.”
Apparently I have room for improvement with my powers of observation.