How Would You Like Your Coffee Ma’am?


In a small town diner, or when visiting with a close friend/neighbor, you may get asked how you want your coffee.  My response is always that of a regular coffee with skim milk added so that it appears a certain tanish color.  I prefer this to lattes or any other kind of coffee.  But, the color must be just right.  There is a reason for this.  I didn’t figure it out until I was in one of my therapy sessions.  You may wonder what this reason is.  The reason:  It was exactly how my mother took her coffee.

When I was younger, I would make my mother coffee on Christmas morning so that we could open presents faster.  I would watch her make coffee as she laid down breakfast in front of me every morning.  It was always the same color.  The color I take it now.  I came to realize that there is a comfort of me taking my coffee this way.  Not only do I like the taste of it, but I feel wrapped up in warm memories of my mother whenever I pour the milk in and watch it change to the right tan color.  The memories engulf me like a warm embrace when I take the first sip and cherish it.  I start my morning with this type of coffee every day and I have come to realize that this is sort of my “mother” time of the day.  It’s a little thing that reminds me of my mother.  Reminds me of comfort.  It reminds me of her and her great love she had for us, her children.  Therefore, the way I take my coffee means the world to me and I could never give it up.  Sometimes the littlest memories of our loved ones are the ones that are cherished the most.


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