The Crack of Dawn II

I wake up early.

I mean REALLY early……..

4:45 am each day, even on weekends.

I have the perfect house for an early riser such as myself. The entire east side is covered with huge windows giving me a panoramic view of each sunrise over the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

At times, breathtaking.

The promise of a new day.

A fresh start.

The crack of dawn…..

Enter….. stage left…….Cooper…….

bullfrogs and a little boy

How many mornings did we sit in the living room as the sun would peek over the mountains and my husband, with his slow Oregon drawl, would smugly say to him,

“Listen, Coop…… did you hear that?”

Cooper would then earnestly cock his head to one side straining to hear something….

“It’s the Crack ‘a Dawn”, Steve would slowly and triumphantly declare, as if he’d just told the world’s most hilarious joke.

With a concerned frown, Cooper would look at us and then stare out the window.

After a while, his concerned frown would then change to a smile, he’d shake his head and skip off to once again catch bullfrogs, snakes, or crawdads in the creek.

This went on for years….

Until one day, as a teenager, Cooper admitted that each time my husband would say that, he’d look for a dinosaur.


Now we earnestly cocked our heads to one side straining to understand why on earth he looked for a dinosaur when Steve told him it was the “Crack ‘a Dawn”.

He just smugly looked at us and declared he was looking for a…

you know…….

a Crakadon……..

I’ll never look at a sunrise the same again. πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful morning!


* This was originally posted in May 2012. I thought I would repost it in honor of Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. And just in case you didn’t get to read it the first time around.

Happy Birthday Coop!!!

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46 Responses to The Crack of Dawn II

  1. Jan says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Cooper! Wow, 16 years old! Where does the time go? It seems like yesterday that I was at your house snuggling with that little baby! Love him!

  2. Blondie says:

    Such sweet memories.

  3. cucicucicoo says:

    That is so cute! Hope you all have a wonderful day today! πŸ™‚ Lisa

  4. Crystal says:

    What a cute story! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  5. sgsy says:

    What a funny and beautiful story! Many happy mornings to you πŸ™‚

  6. Marlene says:

    That is GREAT! Isn’t it funny what kids think/imagine. LOVE it…Happy birthday to Cooper.

  7. Joyce Love says:

    πŸ™‚ Sweet story, & aren’t you glad your son has grown up in a place where he can roam in nature!
    Happy birthday to Cooper!

  8. Sue erdle says:

    Love the story…reminds me of my son! Sound like you live in a beautiful area….

  9. Connie says:

    Your funny Cooper story reminds me of my daughter Janelle saying that she thought warehouses must be scary places. It took me awhile to figure out she was thinking of “werehouse” as in werewolf.

  10. Crystal says:

    That was hilarious!

  11. Haha. I love this story! Such a cute memory to have!

  12. Amanda says:

    Haha! How cute!! I love that you said he had a slow Oregon drawl. I’ve grown up in Oregon and never realized we had any type of accent until I visited Utah as a teenager and had some other kids my age point it out.

  13. Lori Klotz says:

    Out of the mouths of babes!!

  14. Teri says:

    That is hilariously funny! and sweet and just the type of thing that family stories are made up of. I love it! You are an inspiration to me and evidence that we haven’t lost our can do spirit. You remind me of the old adage, ” Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” And yet your life is richer for it because you have survival instincts, the character that comes from working through everyday problems skills. Happy Birthday to your son and congratulations to you!

  15. So cute Beth. Happy birthday to Cooper! Reminds me of my little ones. When we would have spaghetti for dinner we would ask them if they wanted parmesan cheese. Yeah mommy, we want “parmesh” ON our spaghetti! Throughout their childhood they called it just, “parmesh” Ha Ha!

  16. patsy sluder says:

    How sweet!


  17. Leanne says:

    that is hilarious! Thanks for the story! My boys would have heard it that way too, and I would have been oblivious!

  18. Jo H. says:

    Not hard to see how he heard those words wrong – aren’t most little boys crazy over dinosaurs?! How cute πŸ™‚

    Happy birthday to your son, and to you, Beth – a mom always remembers the first day of their child’s life like no other person on earth can …

  19. Jill says:

    Beautiful story. Don’t know how I missed it the first time around. Happy Birthday, Cooper. That photo of him is priceless.

  20. Anny says:

    So funny! Thanks for sharing such a cute, sweet story and Happy 16th to Cooper!

  21. Chuck Mergen says:

    That’s FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for sharing J

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