My affinity for coffee has developed, changed and evolved through the years. It was always an essential part of my life, whether decaf, iced, ice-blended or hot… Or even 3-in-1 instant.
When I was in high school, my entire family hung out at our nearby mall every weekend. We did the usual things — had dinner, heard mass, did groceries, watched the occasional movie. After all that, we would always sit at our usual café and, you guessed it, had coffee. My little brother, still too young for coffee, had milkshakes. I had my fancy frappes. Mom would have her brewed coffee, as did my dad.
In college, away from home, and not always present for our weekend family mall dates, I preferred coffee with friends over beers with buddies. Then I could write my assignments alone, catch up on reading or rant to/with a friend about the impossible Math/Bio/Chem/mostly Math exams.
When my time with my First Job Ever ended, I met a couple friends at the café right across our building to cry out the goodbyes.
When The Boyfriend and I had a particularly difficult subject to talk about, we went out and talked over coffee and cigarettes. Cigarettes for the stress, the public place to ensure we get to keep ourselves calm and rational, and the sips of coffee to take a breather from the tension.
At my Call Center job, we had coffee after shifts to kill the inevitable monotony.
As a bum, or even when I’m not, I’ve spent hours alone at cafés, with nothing more than either a pen and paper to write with, or a book to read. Much needed alone time.
Friendships forged under the roofs of our nearby cafés, time spent with myself and I, love rekindled, relationships repaired, families bonded — all over cups of coffee (and a few cigarettes).
It’s not just the caffeine we cherish, you know, though it does come in handy for long nights and tiring days. It’s also the conversations — with our own selves or with others — that we have over it.
[Cue: a pause to ponder the thought]
Now, enough sentimental shit. Here’s one other reason I’m obsessing over coffee at the moment:
It’s that time of the year! The Starbucks 2009 planner has finally been unveiled! (November 4 was not just the day for the US Elections (Yay! Obama!), it was the day the Red Cups came out!) Now, we can spend quality time with friends and family and get stickers to bring us that much-desired planner! This time of the year, I have an extra excuse to spend money on overpriced coffee. Woohoo!