If we were having coffee right now, it would indeed be a special event. You see I consider myself a social drinker. I don’t drink coffee on a regular basis, only on occasion. Every morning I drink hot black tea in round bags with boiled water from my teapot. I let it sit for several minutes so that the caffeine is extracted and then I add a drop or two of milk. During the day I reach for green tea –hot or cold, sometimes I pop in some raspberries for a different flavor.
If we were having coffee right now, I would have been tempted by the rich aroma of the Arabica beans filling the air. I love the smell of coffee brewing, especially the espresso method that seems to squeeze out every bit of flavor from the finely ground beans. Coffee fills my senses and reminds me of home; of my mother and both grandmothers who sometimes had sweet bread or pastry with coffee or café con leche in the afternoon.
If we were having coffee right now, we would be sitting in your kitchen as we had many years before. We would catch up with stories about our children, siblings and rest of the family. You would have shown me that you’ve started working on your garden after the harsh winter. I would tell you I’m still trying to get my orchid to bloom after all these years. We would reminisce about the fun times we had as a group of women getting together to laugh and share our personal philosophies of faith, love and the quest for happiness in our lives. How I’ve missed that camaraderie with like-minded women! I consider it one of the blessings in my life to have you all when in time of need.
If we were having coffee right now, we would talk about our busy week. You would tell me about your travels and the interesting people you’ve met. I would tell you that I’m writing a blog for fun and sharing of ideas. It’s a journal sprinkled with creative writing, poetry, and essays. You’ll tell me you’re working on another book about the program you’ve developed with your longtime colleague at the Institute. It will undoubtedly be just as successful as the first one. I still have my autographed copy.
If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I’ve started going to town meetings and focus groups in preparation for the coming elections in August and November. I have found people and politics so different in my new city in the southeastern part of the country. We would both agree that it is never too early to start examining the candidates, there is too much at stake. You would get me up to date on the issues in your city, which in large part have not changed much since I was here. Politics usually leads us to religion. It’s so refreshing to talk to someone with the same values and level of empathy for our fellow compatriots.
If we were having coffee right now, I would treasure the moment and file the memory like a snapshot in my mind. I would save it and document it until we can make it a reality again. Social media, phone calls, and emails can’t replace the joy of sitting to have coffee with an old friend.
Day Eleven: A Cup of Coffee #everydayinspiration