Wednesday, February 2, 2011

January 29, 2011

6 A.M. Just unload the coffee at full throttle and I'll be just fine. Sometimes coffee is simply an act of kindness that compliments a dessert or a kickback after a great meal. "Would you like a cup of coffee to go with that?" That's one of the great things about coffee. It serves you in time of need. It's not like you want that coffee to go with that meal: YOU NEED IT to go with that meal. You need it with that piece of pie or that slice of cake. You need it to go with that morning sunrise on the beach! The want is not there, but the need is there. "Hey, I could really go for some coffee right now!" When people say that, they don't want it, they need it. A phone call from a distant relative. A letter from an old forgotten friend. It's not wanted. It's needed! The past can be hard to swallow sometimes. It flows in and out of your mind like a river with no end. Coffee in a cup can be a one night love affair or a unexpected fall in the night. It can stop on a moment's notice or it can be annoying. It can be regular or decaf. It can also be half and half. I've drank a lot of coffee in my life: too much I'm sure. In the worst of times and in the best of times, a cup of Joe can be more than just a good friend. It often regulates the moments in times of death and disaster. It is the darkest cup in the coldest night. It is the warmth of solitude in the deepest book. It's the glow of a newborn on Valentine's Day. It's the nail in the coffin of a high school friend. Coffee has made a journey in life like many an explorers. It has travelled down many rivers to parts unknown. It has been picked bean by bean in many a mountain and hills. And don't ever take coffee for granted! "Brother, can you spare a dime?" Words, too close to heart for many of us. Cheers.

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