Cold Coffee

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

When we undertook our kitchen renovation last spring to make more room in our city condo for our now five eaters, we also purchased some new appliances, including a new over-the-stove microwave. This simple appliance was actually the most difficult to purchase, mainly because I wanted the most basic model possible. No basic models were available in the store, and in the catalogue, the salesperson kept showing me models with lots of bells-and-whistles, like convection capabilities and the like.

Really, all I need my microwave to do is reheat my coffee. In fact, if there is a microwave option with just one button, "mom's coffee," that would be the perfect model for me. I rarely use my microwave for anything but coffee reheating-- but that service is paramount.

I pour that early morning cup of coffee when I and my littles are barely awake and, if I'm very lucky, I get to enjoy that first, steaming, decadent sip before I am quickly called away to wipe bums, change diapers, pour milks, find socks, prepare breakfast, clean dishes, referee arguments, and complete a host of other mothering tasks that fill the morning's first minutes as my coffee grows cold.

There will come a time, so quickly really, when I will once again enjoy piping hot sips of my morning coffee, without interruption, without calls from my little ones, without the hum of my microwave. I wonder, then, how dearly I will miss my cold coffee.


  1. You may be on to a new invention because that is the only reason I use our microwave as well.

  2. Very funny, that's how I just now used our microwave, as I sit here sipping coffee at last while my toddler naps!

  3. Thanks, Anne! Yes, maybe there could be a simple, small mom-microwave. Of course, there is always the option of insulated mugs, but I like good old-fashioned coffee cups! -Kerry

  4. Glad you could relate, Jennifer! Enjoy! -Kerry

  5. Oh, that's so true! You summed up perfectly the tension between the instant-gratification of a delicious cup of coffee when you really need it, and the longer-term gratification of the eventual result (we hope!) of all that bum-wiping and argument-settling!