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Coffee On Sundays

Kristy Dodson
Kristy Dodson

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With the ever-increasing amount of uncertainty that seems to be certain, finding something to count on is essential. Coffee on Sundays has become this for me.

Coffee on Sunday in Sarasota.

A moment of Comfort

Growing up, I was never a coffee drinker. It wasn’t until I married an avid coffee enthusiast that I developed an interest. I quickly learned that the taste is not necessarily what enchants me. The smell is one that creates comfort for me. I remember the smell filling the kitchen each morning while growing up. My mom usually prepared the coffee the night before so all that had to happen was the pushing of a button the next morning.  I have come to enjoy the methodical process of making the coffee. The steps rarely change but familiarity creates the perfect moment of comfort. I do wonder if my mom felt this way as she made coffee while being eager to rest after a long day.

More than a luxury

Over the past year, I have discovered my love for stepping out of my kitchen and lingering in a local coffee shop. Local antique shops and cafes always pull me in, but for whatever reason, I have not spent much time in coffee shops until now. Knowing how I often try to justify any sort of extravagance in my life, I will admit that I’ve always considered coffee shops to be a luxury. While this is true, I can also say that they have a lot more to offer.

Coffee on Sundays began

Just before the world shifted in 2020, our church decided to have two services on Sunday mornings. For me and John, this meant choosing to worship in the reverence of our beautiful church sanctuary or continuing to join our long-time friends for our life group meeting. We could not do both due to the overlap in hours. We made the difficult decision to continue worshipping in the sanctuary. Our Sunday mornings look different now but with the loss of time with friends we found a ritual that has been refreshing and marriage enriching. After worship, we have coffee on Sundays.

Choose to linger

A coffee shop is not just a place for coffee. My discovery is that just like us, they each have their own personality. Some are quiet and simply decorated while others are bustling and committed to a theme.  It takes some searching and experimenting to find the one that fits. Some are big corporations and lend themselves to those who want coffee quick. Others welcome you to get comfortable and linger for a while. I choose to linger.

Familarity creates comfort

A welcoming vibe, comfortable seating, and good coffee are all valuable traits. But what really creates comfort is familiarity both in spaces and faces. Once you find your coffee space, the idea of being “new” is no longer a burden. You know what to expect and the place you choose becomes a place where you can be recharged. Our coffee on Sundays is typically at the same coffee spot in Marietta, Marietta Perks. John always asks me to order. He claims to not understand the lingo, but I think it’s the one time he just likes to be quietly taken care of and that is part of the charm.

John having a cup of coffee in Marietta, Georgia

it's good to Venture out

There are some Sundays when we decide to venture out to other coffee shops, and we do have several we like to frequent. When our travel includes a Sunday, finding a local coffee shop is top on the list. It is our way of finding what the locals love while continuing what we love. A town’s personality can easily be found in the small local coffee shops.  It gives us time to plan the day and pick up a few tips about what we shouldn’t miss while in town. This is a gem of a travel tip!

Bakery items at a German bakery in Sarasota, FL.

coffee on sundays

Many problems, sorrows, joys, and plans have been pondered and often solved during coffee on Sundays. It really is not about the coffee anymore. The time is priceless. We find community, inspiration, and simplicity during our coffee on Sundays. I would encourage you to take some time to create something you can count on. Life just keeps getting faster and more complicated so it’s up to us to create time to reflect, plan, relax or just be.  Coffee and friends really are a perfect blend.

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4 Responses

  1. Dear Kristy
    I am often not in town! But when I am, I would love to meet you for coffee!

    I’m around this Wednesday if you’re available, June 22. But it sounds like you are unpacking?

    1. Hi Carolyn, I often wonder how frequently you are here. I too would LOVE to meet for coffee. While I still have so much unpacking to do, I have scheduled several things to do tomorrow (Wed.)…wedding errands! I am sorry tomorrow will not work, but please let me know when you are in town. How long are you here? Let’s do coffee!!

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