Well, this morning was a little more complicated than usual. Busy making biscuits for this morning’s breakfast, I realized that Jo had an orthodontist appointment in like…. an hour. Frantically, I dressed and we were out the door. Needless to say, we were in and out in a matter of minutes. I dashed her off to school beating the tardy bell with minutes to spare. Now what to do??? I promised to have lunch with my “little man” at 11:30 and the library doesn’t open until 9… an hour away. It is too far to go home just to be back in a couple of hours.
Deciding to just wait in the library parking lot, I snuggled in my car with a good book. I was cold. Which by the way reminded me of a time long ago that Mark and I were in New York City. I remember the snow coming down and wishing we could find the restaurant that my brother-in-law suggested. Cold to the bone, achy hands, and desparately wanting warmth, Mark and I entered Starbucks. New York at the time was the only place Starbucks was at every corner. We went in and I ordered hot chocolate. I remember folding my ice cold hands around that warm paper cup. AHHHH warmth!!!
Remembering there’s a Starbucks just around the corner, I knew I could just pop in with my laptop and enjoy the warmth of the steaming chocolate. $2.50 for the small!! Oh, my, the frugal gal in me just about came unglued. Oh and the memory….. warm hot sweet chocolate….. Calming the Frugal Gal I ordered my hot chocolate….. it was hard to let go of the money though. Think the cashier thought I was nuts playing a little tug of war at this time of the rush coffee hour. And to top it off… you had to pay for the internet service. I calmed the fears of Frugal Gal and played spider solitaire.
I made my way over to the little table and chair. I started watching the people coming and going from this little coffee house. There was a family of ladies…. they had to be sisters…. they looked alike. They were sitting around in the big chairs around a little “coffee” table laughing and chatting the time away.
Sipping my memory, I watched as many people were crowded around the small tables drinking their coffee and just talking. Was it really the coffee that brought these people in here or the socializing? From where I was sitting and sipping, it had to be the socializing. If it wasn’t the case, they could have easily gone through the drive -thru.
If socializing was the true reason to be sitting around these little table after paying such an adsorbent price , why not just have them over in the morning for coffee or tea? Take the time to email invitations or make the calls to invite. Open your home up to inviting warm coffee, (You know you can purchase the Starbucks brand coffee at Wal-Mart.) a small group to discuss the Bible, or just to catch up on old times. Do you really need Starbucks for that????? For the $2.50 I paid for that hot chocolate, I could have made a pot at home for pennies and have lots to spare to make sweet delicious melt -in -your -mouth cinnamon rolls for at least 5-8 people.
Although, the hot chocolate was worth the memory of days gone by, next time I will just fill a thermos and sit in the parking lot. I can pretend I am at Starbucks. I’m just too frugal to make Starbucks a habit. Who knows, you just might get an invitation from me to have hot chocolate.
Enjoy your morning coffee…. God Bless