AN ODE TO COFFEE AND DISNEYLAND

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    306/365: AdicciónI love coffee.

    There, I said it!

    Recently, I was staying with a host family out of town on a work related trip.  While I was there in the morning by my lonesome, I put a pod into one of those nifty Keurig machines and the fresh aroma of coffee began to fill the kitchen with remarkable goodness.

    That’s when it hit me, the familiar scent from years ago.

    The scent of vanilla caramel coffee transported me back to years ago when Kristen and I used to visit Disneyland regularly.  Each trip we picked up a vanilla flavored coffee on Mainstreet (with free refills, somewhat justifying the exorbitant price) and enjoyed the park together.  It really was a good cup of coffee, and casual dates at the park were always so fun for the both of us.

    This time of year would often be associated with the park, since we frequently sat on a park bench and talked amid the Halloween décor of the theme park.  Soon, the Halloween decorations would give way to the joyful atmosphere of Christmastime at the park, and we would both just enjoy the sights and sounds along with that cup of coffee.

    With the changing of the seasons, our lives too have taken on a new phase and alas we cannot pay for the hefty sum to the Mouse for a casual outing at Disneyland.  With the joyful addition of our daughter Lucy, and the pending move to San Francisco, these casual outings will remain as a pleasant, cherished memory.

    For now, I will enjoy a quiet house with a warm cup of vanilla caramel coffee and dream.  I will think back to those treasured evenings on a bench at Disneyland, and look toward new memories that will be tied to the aroma of good coffee in San Francisco.

    What aromatic connections with coffee do you have?

    Photo: Andrés Nieto Porras via Compfight

  • Melinda Todd

    It takes me back to camp days as a teen. Getting up early and shuffling down to the cafeteria to swirl some vanilla creamer into the blackness of it in order to stay awake for the very long but fun day! As a counselor at Kids Camp, I get to relive this each summer and it’s one of those rare treats.

    • Summer camp definitely calls for some caffeine! It’s so great how pleasant memories are tied to something as routine as a cup of coffee in the morning. It’s the little things. 🙂

  • Jeremy, congratulations on your new seasons of life. You are starting three of the top major, stress-inducing life changes all at one time (baby, moving, and new job). You will definitely need the coffee! 🙂 In all seriousness, I’m happy for you and your family. God bless you in your new endeavors.

    I was a late bloomer – I only started drinking coffee withing the last couple of years. The aroma of coffee reminds me of the simplicity and laid-back style of coffee shops. I love to sit there, drink, and be still.

    • Thank you, Chris; should be an eventful year! Welcome to the club, I love the welcoming aroma of coffee shops. Even at the airport, the scent is very soothing during a long layover.