Tuesday, August 18, 2009
There is one constant happiness in my life...it has never wavered, never changed over the last 4 decades....the first cup of coffee I have in the morning. I have tried to eliminate it from my diet over the years -- but like a well worn, often used, well loved binkie, it keeps reemerging in my life, no matter where I am, what I am thinking or doing, it brings the same feelings of happiness. The smell of it brewing -- that deep, rich, roasty smell -- immediately takes me to my happy place. And it's a huge ritual, how it's brewed in the morning (I can still see through 7-year-old eyes the tin coffee pot on my grandparents' stove burner, with the coffee magically perking up into the crystal cap); the type of cup it's poured into; where I sit and drink it. This is my drug of choice (even though I now drink mostly decaf)! Studies actually show that it is the smell of coffee that people become addicted to, not the caffeine!