Right now, it's time for coffee.
“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.”
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand 1754-1838
I wasn't always a coffee drinker. For the first twenty-two years of my life I was all about tea... I don't actually remember when I was too young to drink tea. For all I know, my baby bottle was filled with milky tea.
I didn't like coffee at all back then.
I'm not being mean. Mum would have been the first to admit she did not have the knack of brewing coffee. She was English after all. Most of the time she drank tea and her tea was excellent.
When I went to university, the tea was terrible. Sure, I could bring my own, but they charged the same for a cup of hot water as a cup of coffee. Worse, tea doesn't keep you awake when you have three papers to complete in twenty-four hours. That's what drove me to coffee. Since I wasn't crazy about it, bad coffee didn't bother me.
“I don't really like coffee," she said, "but I don't really like it when my head hits my desk when I fall asleep either. ”
When my sister started her own communication and marketing business, I suggested the name BelleFare. It was a play on the street where we grew up, Bellefair, and the idea that she served up good communications. I still have notepaper with the business name, coffee cup logo and the following quote:
“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee...”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Whether writing fiction, nonfiction or advertising copy, which is a bit of both, coffee is what gets me going and keeps me going when I'd rather have a cuppa and curl up with Netflicks. Of course, emails, Facebook (looking for coffee quotes) sometimes distracts me and my coffee gets cold. That reminds why I'm sitting at my laptop and I get back to work.