An Open Letter to My First Love :: COFFEE

Well, hello, old friend. We meet again.

Have I told you lately how much I love you? How I quite literally can’t live without you? How I don’t know how I ever walked through a single day without you in it? Because I need you to know just how much I value our relationship.

Remember when we met? It was back in college after a few too many all-nighters in the library. I had no idea the day I met you what kind of relationship we’d develop over the last two decades. You became a staple in my life that I have cherished ever since.

You’re the first thing I run to when my feet hit the floor in the morning, and the last thing I check on before I go to sleep.

When I’m lacking in motivation or energy for the day ahead, you’re the one I seek. You never disappoint me.

You’ve seen me through so many phases of my life. Whether it was my first job, my first time being a mom, or overcoming some nasty jet lag, you’ve always come through. You’ve always got my back.

Sure, we’ve had our differences. There have been moments where the mere sight or smell of you incited nausea or disgust. But we moved past it. Always. No matter our temporary differences, we always found our way back to each other.

  • When I need just a little bit of comfort because home school is turning me grey, you’re there.
  • When I need a warm hug after the 79th tantrum of the day, I can always count on you.
  • When I need a little kick in the pants to get moving on my goals, you do that for me.

You never rush me, but rather encourage me to slow down, connect, and savor the quiet moments I have with you and you alone.

So, thank you, my beloved coffee, for being all a mom ever needed and more. Tomorrow (and every day), on National Coffee Day, I salute you in all your warm, comforting, delicious glory. Thanks for being you.

Allison Ezell
Allison and her husband, Blake, grew up in Dallas and made the move to the 'burbs in 2010 when she began teaching middle school in Frisco. After attending Texas A&M University for her undergrad, Allison came back to Dallas in 2008 to pursue her Master's of Education from SMU. Over the last ten years, she has taught everything from preschool to eighth grade and has a huge passion for literacy. Today, McKinney is home for her family of five which includes Carter (7), Kate (5), and Brooks (3), who was adopted from China in 2016. When she's not chasing the kids around, she can be found drinking coffee, running, avoiding the laundry, traveling, or headed to a girls' night. Follow her self-proclaimed hot mess on Instagram!


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