10 am: perfect time for coffee

Former colleague and current retired friend Jackie and I made a coffee date for 10 a.m. today at a Starbucks nestled in a large office complex.  We were talking and enjoying ourselves, but then I noticed the long lines that kept growing and the crowd of people bunched up in the middle of the small shop.  I said, “Ten o’clock.  It’s so crowded. We shouldn’t have come at this time.”  To which she answered, “Yes we should.  It’s the perfect time to come.  All these people have to go back to work.  This is a reminder to us of what our lives were once like.”

After that I took renewed pleasure in sitting and sipping as the long lines grew, then stayed even at about 10 people, and finally shortened.  We watched the last of the workers get their orders just in time to return at a gallop to the office.   In the peace of the empty coffee shop we continued talking, sipping, talking, sipping.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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1 Response to 10 am: perfect time for coffee

  1. Jackie Smith says:

    Adding to the experience was the time I had to walk from my home to Starbucks and back again. A tad bit of exercise, mixed with a dose of conversation and laughter with a good friend, and all enjoyed at a pace that I dictated; not the dreaded time clock. . .I believe is a recipe for a healthier lifestyle than the one I lead while working.

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