I’ve had a love affair with coffee shops for more years than I can count, but we’ve grown apart as lovers sometimes do. If a coffee shop could talk, it would probably say that I’ve changed, blaming the break-up on me. Don’t believe it. It’s the coffee shop that has changed. It used to be warm and cozy. Now it’s painted gray and has all the appeal of an industrial warehouse. It used to have warm, wood tables. Now it has cold granite. The temperature feels like subzero whether it’s warm or cold outside. There’s either no music at all or music that sets my teeth on edge.
I made a last-ditch effort this afternoon to patch up our relationship by visiting the nearest coffee shop. But it’s no use. The relationship is over. I’m now seated at my desk in an upstairs room at home. It’s in front of a window with a nice view. I’m in control of the thermostat. Alexa is here, doing my bidding by playing whatever music my heart desires. The coffee is better here, too, and it’s certainly cheaper. So - as I say farewell to 2019, I’m saying farewell to my coffee shop love affair, too. May 2020 bring delightful discoveries to mend my broken heart.