I like coffee. I even love it a little bit. Making coffee is a morning ritual that I enjoy and look forward to. Pouring fresh, hot coffee into a mug when the house is quiet and adding flavored creamer (usually hazelnut, but lately coconut) and inhaling the steam as I sip, is a meditation. A prayer to the gods of sunrise.
Last Wednesday, I ran out of coffee. Even the instant coffee in single serving packets that I sometimes take camping. Normally this would not have been a problem. Normally, I would have steeped tea for a change and headed to the store later in the day to buy more. Normally, it wouldn't have caused me to disintegrate into a puddle of tears and regret. But it wasn't a normal day (normal being relative, of course).
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
8:21am I receive a phone call from a pregnant woman in labor. She will need me soon.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
9:38am More than 24 hours later, the baby is born. I go home, there is still no coffee. Going to the store is not an option. Going anywhere is not an option. The rest of the day is a blur. I think I made dinner?
Friday, August 15, 2014
7:15am There is still no coffee. I vaguely remember taking somebody somewhere, probably one of my children, but I am too weary to stop at the store. I have a headache. My teeth hurt. Maybe I'm getting a sinus infection. The rest of the day is a blur. I think one of the kids made dinner?
Saturday, August 16, 2014
9:22am Because yesterday is a blur, there is still no coffee. I slam doors and break dishes while pretending to clean the house. I am achy and feel feverish. I definitely have a sinus infection. And I may be developing a bladder infection on top of that. Was anyone home for dinner?
Sunday, August 17, 2014
10:31am This morning, I rally. There is still no coffee. I settle for a Coke on a picnic and paddle adventure to Causey Reservoir with the family. I am useless by afternoon. By evening I am a a hot mess. On top of probable sinus and bladder infections, I think I may be getting the flu and a case of major depression. Everything is sad, all problems are unsolvable, the world is a hopeless place.
Monday, August 18, 2014
9:46am I go to the grocery store. There is a Star Bucks. The world is a glorious place. My sinuses and bladder are healed. All flu symptoms are gone. I am teaching math to my 9 year old as I calculate my coupon discounts while simultaneously testing produce freshness and googling potential volunteer opportunities in my community. I am sure I can be the greatest motivational speaker to any and all who will listen. But right now, the grocery shopping. First on my list: coffee, then creamer.