I have some time away from work and I’ve indulged myself today. I’m at the coffee shop in the town near our home and it’s just so lovely to sit here, sip away at my coffee while the soft chatter of other patrons rambles on.
There’s something so friendly about coffee shops. The atmosphere is relaxed, there’s the scent of coffee everywhere and some soft music in the background. Just lovely.
My hubby is coming and he’ll want to do things but, for right now, I can indulge in just sitting, sipping coffee and writing. Hm…
This particular coffee shop is filled with funny, quirky little characters who never seem to leave. There’s a young man who talks incessantly to anyone who sits near him. There’s an odd, elderly woman who always comes in to do the daily crossword and gets upset if anyone else takes her seat. There’s a ragged man who refuses to listen to the sign at the window and comes in every day to use the bathroom but never gets a drink. And there are always a couple of teens laughing and tapping on their phones. They’re trying to look sophisticated and worldly but fail miserably when they sneak a look around to see who’s watching.
The food isn’t particularly very good here or cheap but no one cares. The gift of the place is the massive windows dominating one side of the store that face downtown and let people sit by to dream, read, write or chat. There’s a fireplace at the end, but no one really sits there. Instead, everyone wants the seats by the ceiling-to-floor windows. The shop inhabitants often sit nearby and when those seats become available they pounce, moving with impressive speed.
The lady who serves the coffee is Tori. She’s been here for years and years and knows everyone. The pay isn’t great in this place, but Tori doesn’t care. Like most of the patrons, she loves to chat. Talking to her is like getting the local version of Entertainment Tonight.
Oh, here’s the washroom-using-man. Right on time. 😀