Coffee. Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt and the topic of today’s post. My “take” on coffee before I begin the weekly writing challenge. Yes, I drink coffee. Do I particularly like coffee? No. I went many decades without any coffee but I drink it today for the same reason I first start drinking it. The sociability. Just as the British “put the kettle on” for basically every social situation, coffee so often offers a connection. With my husband in the morning. With groups of ladies at church events. Or with a friend who simply needs to talk. Coffee breaks down barriers and somehow lets us relax and enjoy being together.
GO – I never really appreciated how much I enjoyed those simple connections – whether in a group or just one on one – until they were so difficult (if not impossible) to make happen. I truly took for granted the simple “let’s have coffee soon” until pandemic restrictions made that next to impossible. Even after we began getting out again, coffee was strictly a grab-and-go commodity. Yes, I could get coffee but I was not able to linger or enjoy the company. I remembered that “Let’s have coffee” was much more about making the time to sit – to talk and to connect – than it was the hot coffee with two creams and a little stevia. Or even the fancy flavored latte.
There has been a lot more coffee – and times for coffee – in recent weeks and months. Add it to the top of my gratitude list. Not the coffee, per se. Yes, I’m thankful for more reminders of “normal” but even more, I am so grateful to be enjoying simple pleasures. Those “coffee moments” that begin my day as I linger over God’s word or that I enjoy while a friend chatters and laughs. They really are blessings. And I am grateful.