As I sipped my first cup of coffee this morning, the sun was shining and I thought about Paris, more specifically I thought about the Parisian cultural institution otherwise known as the cafe.
I have spent many hours in just such a place, relaxing, watching the world go by. I watched as total strangers played a game of chess, I listened as people discussed philosophy, the latest book they have read, or simply as they sat and enjoyed every delightful sip of a marvelous cup of coffee. They took time out.
Across the Atlantic, here in the Chicagoland area, we too have a relative newcomer, Starbucks. I often go for a cup of coffee, I am after all addicted to the brew, so I sit, watch and listen. I hear people furiously typing on their lap tops, or speaking on the phone conducting business, or the latest craze text messaging, but what I don't see, at least not often, is anyone taking time out and simply relaxing, enjoying the moment, totally unconnected, and joyfully doing absolutely nothing but observing, or day dream.
Need I mention the quick drive through for coffee, ala McDonalds, horrors...
I am not a luddite, (new word I just learned, someone that is anti technology) since I am after all sitting at a computer composing this piece of fluff.
My fresh cup of coffee and I are now going to go outside and enjoy this perfect day.
Till next week,