“Coffee isn’t just a source of pleasure for me: it is something I rely on to get me through the day.”Ronan Keating
I cannot imagine a day without drinking coffee. Its rich aroma wakes me up in the morning. It gives me that little nudge to get out of my comfortable bed and start my day.
It has been my constant companion, seeing me through a Navy career, raising two kids and finishing my education. Caffeine is a drug that I use guilt-free, and coffee offers it in abundance. And now that I am retired, living a peaceful, carefree lifestyle, I am able to enjoy it all the more!
A Man’s Drink?
Some of my earliest memories are of my father, drinking coffee with breakfast and supper.
The poor man worked around the clock to make ends meet. In addition to his full-time day job he played drums in a band, sometimes five nights a week. He scraped by with an average of three to four hours of sleep per night.
I do not remember my mother ever drinking coffee. She preferred tea, which my sisters and I also drank, leading me to erroneously think coffee is for men, tea is for women!
In the Navy
I never knew of sleep deprivation until I joined the Navy and started raising kids!
Shift work, long hours, and no days off for weeks at a time caused me to drink copious amounts of black coffee while on duty.
Any parent of young children knows a good night of sleep is a rare circumstance.
Add in night courses and boom! Coffee!
Healthy? Or Unhealthy?
Here’s where it gets tricky. For every news article touting the health benefits of coffee, there is one saying why coffee is bad for you.
I mainly choose to ignore all the hype, good and bad. There are far more destructive addictions one can have. That’s my rationale.
- I drink my coffee black, with a tablespoon of organic coconut oil
- I do not add sugar, syrup, chocolate, milk, whipped cream or any of the other high calorie unhealthy additives.
There’s nothing like waking up on the scenic St. Lawrence River and enjoying a cup of fresh-brewed Joe in my favorite cup. For this I am most grateful. I hope you are enjoying these November “Thankful Thursday” posts. It is my pleasure to share little bits of happiness, in a world with so much turmoil.
Thank you for reading! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)
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