Monday, November 3, 2014

30 Days of Gratitude: Oh Starbucks, How I Love You (Day 3)

I am the educator who, in the eyes of her students, has the reputation for being a coffee person. I always have coffee on me, every morning before school actually starts. Whether I have made it myself doesn't matter - my students pick up on the fact that I practically live on coffee. Last year I had several student gifts, most of which were small Starbucks gift cards (one student even gave me a Starbucks mug and coffee set: I use the mug all the time and LOVE IT). Bless their young hearts. Now before you say this is something superficial to be grateful for, hear me out.
Oh Starbucks, How I Love You (Day 3)
If I'm being honest, it doesn't have to be Starbucks. Any coffee place will do. My friends know that if we're in a new city, I am usually the first to discover the nearest coffee location. It's like I have some form of coffee-radar.
I am grateful for coffee because it means I live a life in which I can have access to small luxuries like coffee. Some places it is extremely hard to come by, and I am grateful that I have access to coffee when I would like it.
I am grateful for coffee because it means I have a steady paycheck and a modest income that allows me to purchase peppermint mochas at Starbucks in December (my favorite!). I am by no means rich, but some cannot afford even that, which reminds me to give to those who are less fortunate (especially this time of year).
And lastly, I am grateful for coffee because it is a nice addition to my early morning workdays when I'm writing theatre rehearsal schedules at 6:45 in the morning, or grading papers on a Sunday afternoon, or working on any other manner of items.
What seemingly small things are you grateful for?

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