The Best Part of Waking Up


noun: a drink made from the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tropical shrub, served hot or iced

I started drinking coffee after my third child was born.  It was a necessary vice.  I could drink it all day, of course, but I’d cut myself off around mid-day when I would get the shakes.  After the pot had set a few hours the coffee would get bitter and was only luke-warm.  When my brother gave me a Keurig for Christmas a few years ago I was beyond delighted.  Every cup perfect and hot.  I didn’t mind the cost of the k-cups, after all I bought special items at the market for everyone in my family but myself.  This one likes Coke in a bottle, that one likes Oreos.  Now I get Starbucks K-Cups. Yay me!

So, my college student comes home for the summer with a coffee addiction.  “Isn’t that cool Mom? We both like coffee!”  Albeit he douses his with an artificial creamer…sacrilege, if you ask me!  My k-cups started sadly disappearing.  Then my youngest joined the band wagon.  Loving coffee with her brother’s creamer makes her so cool!  Then my daughter and her husband came to visit.  And just like that, everyone’s drinking MY COFFEE!

Ok, it’s only a liquid beverage.  A dark, aromatic, bitter, delicious cup of awakened strength…I will just buy more.  And so I did, I bought more.  And then we tried another brand, Kona.  Half the troops liked Starbucks Breakfast blend and the other half liked Don Francisco’s Kona.  Now I’m buying double the double.  Do you know how much k-cups cost? I can’t afford all this coffee!  I wonder momentarily if meth might be cheaper.

Long story short, my daughter and her husband are back at their own house, my son is back at college, and my youngest has given up coffee, except for a weekend treat.  Thank goodness number three had no interest and my husband keeps it to one cup a day, on occasion. I love September…Coffee is mine again and I kind of like that about myself.

“We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.”

Jerry Seinfeld


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