For our prompt of “Spoon” today, I decided to pair one with some coffee and biscuits. I adore both of these, but take my coffee as well as my espresso black, with nothing extra added. I don’t like the addition of sugar or cream, something I get from my mother who adores coffee as well. For her, it’s actually the only thing she drinks outside of water. For me, I have wine and the very occasional beer to add a little variety. So indeed, I never require a spoon when coffee is served, yet even when you order it black, a spoon tends to arrive along with it. It struck me that I rather love everything that comes delivered with a spoon from ice cream shakes to autumn soups. True, it also represents some of lives easiest foods to eat, often requiring no chewing at all. Like mashed potatoes and gravy, which is something I’m craving as we head into cooler temperatures. Philippe, of course, has devised clever ways of upping the nutritional content by splitting the potatoes with cauliflower. He’s doing the same tonight, since I begged for mac & cheese, by adding tiny bits of broccoli. As much as I talk about following one’s inner child, I often tend to do so in excess, causing Philippe to have to play the adult and balance everything out. But, everything balances out quite nicely!
Perhaps that’s why I wear my love of coffee like a badge of honor. It’s a very adult thing to enjoy, so there’s certainly something to be said for that. I tasted a bit out of my mom’s cup when I was a kid and thought it was horrible. Weirdly, I also tasted it out of my dad’s cup which was full of cream and sugar and thought it was totally disgusting. So, I guess it’s no wonder that I chose the least unappealing version as an adult. Today, I love coffee, and sometimes have to monitor my intake, or at the very least pay attention to how many trips I make to the coffee pot during a work day. Like my mother, though, it has no adverse side effects on my sleep, or indeed health. I can have an espresso shortly before going to bed and drift right off to sleep while reading a book. Indeed, it’s not a quest for caffeine so much as actually liking the flavor. This makes me feel a bit in the minority hear in the States when a coffee rarely comes without lots of things to disguise the taste. This drives Philippe, who’s also a coffee lover, perfectly crazy causing him to shout, “You don’t even like coffee! Why are you still drinking it?” each time we pass a Starbucks. I think we should enjoy things in whatever form we like them, but yes, those types of coffees do require much more moderation.
It’s true, though, all treats in life require a bit of moderation. It’s the very reason they reach the status of “treat” in the first place. But, life really wouldn’t be the same without them. This extends beyond food, of course, to literally anything that brings us a bit of extra joy. It’s why I always make a bit of time for sketching each day. It makes me incredibly happy and so I make certain to carve a bit out of my day to have my little treat. That’s why I always encourage others who love sketching to do the same. For my part, I just prove it’s entirely possible to DO so, no matter how busy you are. I often have to remind people that this is simply a side hobby for me. I have a full-time job with the usual demands that such a thing asks and have to sneak time in between. Perhaps, that’s a bit of the secret. I’m not spending hours trying to perfect my craft, but just taking a few precious moments to celebrate my passion. I know I’ll get a bit better and learn more each time I show up. And that’s what really matters. I realize now that my absolute favorite things in life are the things I can freely enjoy without any worry or stress at all, like coffee and biscuits.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Gold Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Terra Cotta, Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!