Savoring the last Sips of Summer

Confessions from a non-coffee drinker: sometimes I envy the built-in comforts associated with a fresh cup of steaming coffee. Not only does it provide a wallop of much-cherished caffeine, but it offers multi-sensory delights through  its pungent aroma, sharp taste,  and gentle warmth seeping through its mug. I just can’t quite develop the knack for its acrid flavor. I experiment occasionally to see if I can finally claim this piece of adulthood, usually by sneaking up behind a friend in line at Starbucks and “fake” ordering what she’s having (aka: decreasing the coffee strength & increasing the add-ins) to see if I can figure out what all the fuss is about. cappucino

Nope! Coffee drinking is just not my thing. I’m enamored by the slow-down factor involved though. I watch friends cradle their hot cups of coffee and see the wakefulness of a new day begin to emerge in their eyes.

I think it’s the opportunity to savor something for a few moments each morning that appeals to me. Coffee drinking is one of the few “socially accepted” ways to slow down or simple code for “gotta chat” when a friend asks you to meet for coffee.

I may not start each day with coffee, but I have been trying to adopt the process of savoring moments just a bit if I had to juggle a hot mug while navigating my world:
– allowing my eyes to linger a little longer on cheerful summer flowers, noticing vivid details & texturessummer flowers
– treading forward on a mundane walking path, awakening sleepy ideas to blossom into full-fledged brainstormsjogging pathanniversary hands


–  reflecting on an amazing anniversary trip


and reminiscing about all that we’ve carried together since our wedding 25 years ago…

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– honoring the union of youthful promises and hopeful dreams we offered to each other that special dayholding hands shadow
– continuing to see each other through the other’s eyes as we explore new territory

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– leaning toward one other amidst the twists & turns of life, sharing the load and lightening the burden when weariness looms largebackpack
– savoring time away from the usual routine, but also welcoming back the familiar rhythm of home

anniversary roses & home

However your summer is winding down, I hope you’ll enjoy a cuppa and savor some of your favorite moments of this season.doting dog & faithful sonMeanwhile, I’ll be over here “practicing” with a chai latte my son made for me even though he’s a stickler for straight-up black coffee.
I’m soaking up all these mother-son moments, one sip at a time.

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,

that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14








8 thoughts on “Savoring the last Sips of Summer”

  1. Oh, this was lovely. 🙂
    It took me awhile to really enjoy coffee too, and even now, I still like a Starbucks latte with several pumps of syrup, whipped cream, milk, and all the fixings that sort of mask the coffee!

    What you described about slowing down and savoring the moment is really what I look forward to in the morning (or afternoon, if I sleep in late or am on my 2nd cup of the day!)

    Life isn’t meant to be lived in a hurry.

    Btw, have you tried hot green tea? It has a little caffeine and does the trick as far as the “cozy-slow-down-and-savor” part goes, but it’s not bitter like coffee. Might be worth a try. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Bria. Yes, I’m still experimenting with tea also…you’ve got the “cozy-slow-down-savor” intention right on track!

  2. I sometime wish I was a coffee person for the strong stick of caffeine it gives, but I have always been a tea girl myself!…love this post!! : )

  3. That is a wonderful thing to savor! I’m a very heavy coffee drinker but it definitely is an acquired taste! It depends on the day what kind I like and I make sure I’m extremely picky about it!

  4. This is beautiful! I actually got into coffee through super sugary, but caffeine-filled mochas to stay awake during college. (I went to school full-time and worked almost full-time.) Now I love my cup of coffee each morning–and I’ve moved far beyond those sugary mochas, I can’t drink them anymore. Too sweet! Even though I do really love coffee, I think one of the things I love most about is that ritual of savoring something as I wake up each morning that you talked about. I love that you’re finding things to savor, even though coffee isn’t your thing. And a cup of chai sounds absolutely fantastic!

  5. I like your idea of using me coffee time. I don’t drink coffee either, however, I do drink hot tea. I have noticed that when I take the time to enjoy a cup of tea in the morning it brings a new sense of calmness to the rest of my day

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