Friday, June 04, 2010
A friend of mine on FB posted a link to an NPR article(blog) all about how coffee is not the evil beverage we think it is. That "addicts" really only feel less energy in the am because of the night time withdraw and that drinking it then just restores us to "normal".
I drink the equivalent of roughly 3 cups in the am. I love the ritual. The blog does explore how it is that some people develop a taste for coffee, and one of the ways was ritual. Habit. What you are shown (like if your Mom and Dad were coffee drinkers).
When I first started, it was social. A cup of cappuccino after dinner or as a late night dessert. You know-lots of cream and sugar!
I did grow up with parents who ritually made and drank coffee in the am. My Mom talks about how she started drinking it in the seventh grade. SEVENTH GRADE??? She said is was more milk than coffee, but that it was the fad in her day.
When my child was little, I went on a family reunion vacation. I made the coffee most mornings because I was the first one up (little ones do that to ya). My Aunt took a sip and said "Ahh, I remember the days of strong coffee. Tomorrow I'll make my own." I laughed. Yep, there's some history with me and coffee. It's strength has changed over the years and the way I prepare it. No more sugar, just coffee and milk.
I secretly admire people who don't drink coffee. But I often wonder how they start their day? I gave it up while I was pregnant and felt really lost. I guess I'd get a new ritual if I really wanted to give it up.
But I don't want to give it up. I like it. And I don't drink that much...
Are you a coffee person? Tea person? What do you like about it?
What is your morning ritual? (especially if it does not include coffee or tea)
***I shower, dress, do my hair. Then I venture downstairs, prepare my coffee in the maker. While it's brewing I drink 2 glasses of water and take my meds (gosh that makes me sound old). Then I fix my cup with the coffee and the milk and enter the family room where I turn on the am news and kick start my computer, so I can blog on here. Sometimes I skip all the electronics and just sit in silence. I also say a few prayers. I like to pray that I am an empty vessel, eager for only the fruits of the Spirit to flow through me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Good morning!