If We Were Having Coffee: Slice of Life #sol19 10/31

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.

18 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee: Slice of Life #sol19 10/31

  1. Mmm… this is a great format. I like the way this slice unfolds from (pre) arrival to end. I like the repetition, too, and the way it is almost like having coffee – I can imagine the conversations. If we were having coffee, we’d definitely talk about cats. 🙂

  2. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this year you’ve become my inspirational (aspirational?) blog mentor. I follow your blog year round but this year I especially love how you are using other blogs as inspiration but lifting the craft exponentially. If we were having coffee I would tell how these moments fill me up in ways that few things do, that I’m so fortunate to have met someone like you and thank you for being my mentor.

  3. I like this format too! Great idea for students to help them get going. As I was reading, I was picturing who this person was for me, so it was a great way to reflect on the power of friendship.

  4. yes, a great conversation and I’m sure the coffee would be good too…Funny, the only people I can share with about my cats are two of my daughters, I just don’t know any other cat lovers …!

  5. If we were having coffee I know the subject of cats would come up. I do like this format. It gives us insight into you and opens up the possibility of posts on any of the given topics mentioned. I would also say that you have been extremely productive during these past 10 days.

  6. This is a very interesting coffee. I wonder if it would change if it were wine, dinner or brunch. I totally agree about the commenting – it is addictive. This is the other one that resonated with me: 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. Amazing how much I could learn about you from this format. Thank you for sharing!

  7. I love this! The format creates a sense of intimacy. I can easily picture two people sitting in a coffee house wrapped up in their conversation. I feel a sense of melancholy at the end as you recognize that, despite the best of intentions, you won’t be seeing each other again for a long time.

  8. “What are you reading?” and “What are you making for dinner?” are questions I like to ask too. Your slice was like coffee, rich and warm.

  9. Thanks for sharing this format! I loved reading about it! And I would love to someday have coffee with you, in person!

  10. I felt like I was sitting there beside…even if you did start before me! I love the question “What is something that is really working for you right now?” That could be a slice all by itself! Thanks for the coffee this evening!

  11. It sounds like it would be lovely coffee date! If we were having coffee, I would definitely let you talk about cats…but not only about cats! I’d also ask you about your children’s literature classes. Before I had even fully made up my mind to teach, I was randomly rewarded with a graduate education course from the science museum where I worked. I chose children’s literature, and not only did it influence my decision that teaching was the right thing for me to do, but also influenced my high school teaching, when I finally got there 6 years later!

  12. I would love to have coffee w/ you (I’d choose to have raspberry hot chocolate). I would look at all your cat pics & we’d talk books & teaching & raising kids & the state of the world!

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