My days are bookended by beverages. I start most days with a cup of coffee and end with a glass of wine. If I am able to enjoy at least one cup of coffee while it is warm, it’s typically a good day. Granted, it may take a few zaps in the microwave to keep it warm, but at least I can still enjoy it.
My habits may occasionally change — I might switch to iced coffee on a hot summer morning and a cold beer at the end of the day — but I’m a creature of habit and I enjoy my bookends.
I tend to categorize life events into similar bookend beverage categories. While sipping my morning cup of coffee, I think of what’s to come. The outlook of the day is often defined by that first hour each morning. A warm soothing cup sparks my hopeful, tender thoughts and feelings toward my family and my life. Sometimes, though, I may encounter those stray bits of acidic grounds that can alter my outlook and bring forth the bitter.
At the end of the day, I’m more reflective with my wine. I may want to vent my frustrations over my own sour grape moments or I might rather pour another glass and toast to the hilarity of life with three kids.
It’s with these thoughts in mind that I invite you to pour a cup or a glass and read along as I share my bookend beverages with you through this blog.
Depending on your own mood, here’s a little menu to help you choose where you’d like to go:
A Warm Cup — a soothing blend highlighted with sweet stories and a warm heart. Best paired with a positive outlook reflecting on parenthood’s many blessings.
Bean Grounded — a darker grind with a bite to it. Perfect for those occasions where a time-out won’t cut it. A read through these may spark thoughts of “at least my kid didn’t do THAT.”
Sour Grapes – an adult beverage for a mature palette. Its dark color and sour aroma reflects its harsh growing season. These stories may include the not-so-pretty thoughts we have has parents and spouses. This wine may turn if not vented and aired properly. However, once it breathes, has a much smoother finish.
Pour Me Another – a light beverage suited to social gatherings where more than one can be consumed without risking headache. Low on any classical scales, but fruity and high on fun. Even has a pleasant taste when snorted through laughter.