So what is this obsession with coffee? It’s actually my dear wife’s fault. We started dating on March 5, 1971. We’ve been together ever since. It was Mary who helped me see the light, and gently led me to a life of coffee.
I actually had my first cup when I was five. My mother was an obsessive coffee drinker, and she let me have a little antique cup filled mostly with milk, and a little coffee and sugar. I was hooked, but it wasn’t until all of those years later that coffee finally took a permanent hold. As school years progressed, I would come home and find the cups of cold coffee mom left all over the house, and I drank them, dust particles and all.
When Mary and I began dating, coffee became part of our companionship. Everything went better with coffee. Oh, I obviously liked it before, but having this new beautiful girl in my life just made coffee taste that much better. It was just so special having a hot cup, with cream and sugar, with her. No matter where we’ve been, coffee was part of the journey.
Now, so many years later, coffee is still a part of our home, and always will be. Coffee answers so many important questions, it’s a wonder why there are actually people who not only don’t drink it, but can’t even stand the smell of it. What questions? Easy. What should I do when I feel depressed? Drink coffee. When I’m happy? Drink coffee. When I’m bored? Drink coffee. When I’m confused? Drink coffee. Excited? Coffee. Broke? Coffee. Sick? Coffee. Procrastinating? (Pay close attention here, this is a real important one.) Yes. Coffee. Procrastinators, especially, understand the life-giving, redeeming, rescuing, obsolving qualities of coffee.
If you don’t believe me, just take a quick look at the multi-billion dollar coffee industry, just in the U.S. alone! What are they selling? It’s not just a drink, it is the coffee experience that no other beverage can provide. Water sure doesn’t do it, soda can’t, fruit juices, nope, booze doesn’t even come close. Coffee. The coffee hounds realized that coffee mesmerizes, hypnotizes, solves, mends, heals, sedates, and fixes.
During the holiday season, it is coffee that makes the twinkling lights brighter, Christmas trees smell fresher, gift buying and present wrapping (ugh) fun! Christmas would not be Christmas without coffee. Forget the egg nog and champagne. Forget the cases of soda. Just go crank up the percolator, drip, press, osmosis, instant (what??! No, never instant!) coffee. Sit back, let the aroma lift you to new heights of joy. Afterwards, there is only one thing left to say.
Can I have another cup?