If we were having coffee…
This morning as I was spooning a dollop of creamed honey onto my toast and peanut butter while simultaneously enjoying the smell of fresh coffee brewing I thought of my grandmother. I could see her sitting slightly hunched at the round wood table in her cottage. The morning sun shining on her back and the sound of birds drifting in on the warm breeze. Her thin pink robe would be pulled tight around her. In front of her would be a small cup of coffee, more of a teacup size then a mug. On the rim of her cup she would be holding her spoon perched with honey on it and the warm steam from the coffee would be working hard to melt the honey off the spoon.
She would smile at me as she dipped the spoon into the rich black liquid and absently she would start to stir it around making soft clinking noises as her spoon danced off the sides of her cup. Meanwhile, in front of me there would be a full sized steaming cup of coffee coloured down to the shade of sand by the half gallon of French vanilla creamer I dumped into it. In between the silences she would tell me how good honey or syrup was for flavouring your coffee and apparently healthier too.
My grandmother use to buy her honey from a local farmer and it was delicious honey. However, I was never sure on the healthy aspect of it as a coffee sweetener, yet I tried it and enjoyed it. I am also not sure if she started this honey sweetener thing around a time when there was a particular health fad going on or not. Anyway, what I have found is that honey has twice the calories as table sugar, but because it tastes sweeter a person typically uses less honey then sugar so the calorie difference balances out or might even be lower. Furthermore, honey is absorbed slower into the system then sugar and that is a second healthy bonus because there are differences in how it is metabolized. Honey also contains trace minerals and it does not contain preservative or additives.
All interesting, and all that from a random memory triggered by a sight and a smell.
If we were having coffee I would ask you how you flavour your coffee and then inquire if there is any story behind it.
After listening intently about your choice of coffee sweeteners I would shift the topic to writing. I have been very slowly editing the memoirs that I wrote during NaNoWriMo. I am in fact only on chapter 2. I am struggling horribly with tense. It seems to be all over the map, the only thing I seem to retain is the first person point of view. My tense struggle is stemming mostly from the fact that my story is written in present time but refers back to the past. Anyway, it isn’t going well on that level and I might need to set it aside for a while again.
If we were having coffee I would ask you to share what pieces of writing you are working on? I would also ask you for any editing tricks you use?
By Shari Marshall – 2017