The morning looks like every morning. That getting up was not easy for me, it has always been that way, I got used to it and take it, like the drizzle that knocks on the windowpane. Almost tender, but it’s the time when I’m too busy with myself to notice anything. Quite banal stuff. Put your feet on the ground. Going in the bathroom. Switch on the coffee machine. On the way I forgot again what I really wanted. So, I’m standing in the kitchen and think about what this is supposed to be.
The device and the device, and the casket and the cascet. Slowly the memory
comes back. I pull myself together. Every morning. Always a little more torn.
Maybe that’s why it takes a bit longer each morning to get everything right.
But somehow it seems to be very elaborate this morning. Just why? I have to
concentrate. Best on the obvious. To press the button. The coffee maker begins
its activity with relish. Even this brainless device knows what it has to do. I
am the only one in the world lost in the middle of a kitchen. Things have
nothing to do with me. They are there. I have nothing to do with the world. I’m
there. Thrown. I automatically look down at my feet. They are still standing. A
purposeful litter. Well, that did not work in the beginning. That happened
then. Thrownness manifests itself in the lying position that is at the
beginning of existence in this world. Damn, why is Heidegger mixing in my
thoughts now. I really do not need it because the philosophy makes sense only
when the rest works. First comes the eating, and then the moral. In my case,
rather the coffee. Brecht is also annoying. Early in the morning.
Automatically I take two mugs from the box, because I remembered where I had stowed them. That’s what they were yesterday, too. Two mugs. What did I want with them? I look at them. One says: „Attention! A Not-Morning-Person at work“, and on the other: „Not treatable.“ True would be both. I decide for the second, and put it under the nozzle. Another press of the button. Then the coffee is running. The world does not change overnight. Mostly not. Everything is in its place. Even if you are in between hours in another world, sleeping, almost dead. I still feel like this. Nearly. Half asleep. A little half dead. How do I drink my coffee? I make sugar and soy milk. The spoon is ready when I remember just in time, that I drink it black, the coffee, without soy milk and without sugar. So, I put the coffee, which is intended for me, first aside and then the second mug turn.
That works better. I know better about you. You take a spoonful of sugar and a lot of soy milk. That’s easy. I notice that so well that it even occurs to me in the morning. I watch as the coffee runs into your cup. Damn, right now the water is running out. I take the mug away, rinse it, refill water and put it again underneath. For me, I would not have done that, I think and feel that even goes with the smile. For you I do a lot of things that I would not do for myself. Maybe you do not realize it. Usually I do not even realize it myself, but it’s true that I treat you more attentively than myself. Maybe it just makes me happier for you to be mindful. I’ll stay with you for the rest of my life. No matter how I treat myself.
The coffee is in the mug. I add sugar and soymilk. Then I take both mugs and put them on the table. Then I look at the clock. You really should already be there. As every morning. You will not come anymore, gently stroke it through my head, but I ignore it, because the quiet is easy to ignore. But it gets louder, louder, roars in me, cuts through me like a jackhammer. You do not come anymore. You do not come anymore. You do not come anymore. And I do not remember how to live, so if you do not come anymore. It cannot be life. Just with me. Maybe just one mug. Maybe only me. Not a word. Just because. I had to accept it. At some point, hope is lost too. Maybe I should have been more careful about myself.