Today, I’m borrowing a format from Tammy at Tammy’s Reading/Writing Life.
If we were having coffee, I would have started without you. One of my favorite forms of self-care is to get to appointments, especially appointments in good locations like coffee shops, early so I can have a little extra time to myself. I might have a second cup if I’ve already finished the first by the time you arrive. To keep myself from talking too much, I’d better switch to decaf.
If we were having coffee, I would complain about the time change. What nonsense—and twice a year! My morning is so precious to me, and today, I lost an hour of it! An hour to write, to read. An hour for quiet and contemplation. An hour to have coffee and talk to you.
If we were having coffee, I would confess how unproductive I have been this week. Spring break, and I had a long list of tasks to complete. Paperwork to submit, emails to return, recommendations to write.
If we were having coffee, I hope you’d remind me I haven’t been wholly unproductive. I have written and published ten slices on my blog, and I have commented on hundreds of other slices. During my spring break, every day can be a comment challenge.
If we were having coffee, I’d ask what you’re reading and how your classes are going. What’s something that’s really working for you right now, I’d ask. Have you tried anything new lately that didn’t work so well? And what are you having for dinner tonight—because I’m always looking for new ideas?
If we were having coffee, I’d try hard not to talk about cats—that is, unless you have more photos of your cats than your kids on your cell phone too. I’m not obsessed. Really, I’m not. I do have other interests in life. Many of them, in fact. I can definitely go a whole two hours without mentioning cats.
If we were having coffee, I’d have a hard time wrapping it up. When I schedule an hour for coffee, it always lasts an hour and a half. When I give myself the cushion of an hour and a half, we sit there talking for two.
If we were having coffee, I’d wonder why we don’t do it more often. We’d say the usual things about our busy schedules and the challenge of finding two free hours we both have in common. This was so much fun, we’d agree. We won’t let another year go by before we do this again, we’d vow. And I think we’ll both believe it at the time.