When I used to hear the word coffee as a young child I always thought of it as being disgusting, however the aroma that crept into my bedroom in the morning as my mom was making a cup smelled delicious. When we used to visit and spend the night at my grandma Char’s farm I clearly remember the mornings where coffee was being poured, the paper was being read with soft, country music playing in the background, but what I remember most is the conversation of those sitting around her dining room table. I recently have come to appreciate coffee as to me it isn’t just a beverage but a way to get together with the people I cherish.
I have always enjoyed genuine and deep conversations as I want to know more about a person than just talking about how the weather is outside. My mom needed a break during the week when I was younger, even though my sister and I were the most outstanding children, so she would go out with her friends for coffee on Wednesday nights while we were at religion class as that was her way to stay connected to her friends. I had the privilege of working with college students and of course once they moved on from college I was honored to be able to catch up over a cup of coffee. I had the most amazing students who have become family and I believe developing that relationship and having a conversation is truly the key as I have gotten to experience their marriages, breakups, having children, and so much more. I am not perfect and I know we all live busy schedules but finding the time for one another is so important.
In the past few years, this cup of coffee has become my solace. I started off my coffee journey with the yummy coffee drinks as I couldn’t handle plain, black coffee but when I had Thyroid Cancer it all had to change as my diet was strict. The hospital coffee shop became my regular stop as they started to know my name and always asked if I wanted a punch card which I replied no because hopefully I wouldn’t be back very often. The ladies at the hospital were always so welcoming and inviting that I still make a pit stop there when I am there for my check-ups or in the area as I enjoy their warm smiles and conversation. It was so amazing to me that they always had a smile on their face and how it made me feel like I was the most special individual that walked in to the shop. There is something about coffee shops that have always grabbed my attention as it provides this calming atmosphere and the shops let you unwind by a fireplace or in comfy couches.
It is hard to take the time for another individual as our lives are a whirlwind, however I challenge you to set a coffee date with your best friend or a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Why not take your child on a coffee date to listen to their stories and imagination? What about your family members who may just need a shoulder to lean on? If coffee isn’t for you maybe supper or lunch are options to enjoy the company of someone. When you are at coffee next time with someone maybe we talk about what their fears are or what their goals are in life? We just don’t know what is in store for us so take time to be with your loved ones. Thank you to those that have taken the time to go out for coffee with me as I cherish every moment and every conversation. There is nothing like waking up on a cool fall day with a cup of steaming, hot coffee. Cheers!
I have been thinking about people a lot and the interactions I have with them as sometimes it is an adventure. The music I have below is more country as that is what I have been playing in my vehicle as it brings me back to when I was young and life was more simple.
Most People are Good: Luke Bryan (Click Here)
I believe most people are good
And most Mama’s oughta qualify for sainthood
I believe most Friday nights look better under neon or stadium lights
I believe you love who you love
Ain’t nothing you should ever be ashamed of
I believe this world ain’t half as bad as it looks
I believe most people are good
I believe that days go slow and years go fast
And every breath’s a gift, the first one to the last
Humble and Kind: Tim McGraw (Click Here)
Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re going don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind
Live Like You Were Dying: Tim McGraw (Click Here)
“I went sky divin’,
I went rocky mountain climbin’,
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”
Until Next Time…………………………..