This morning I went to a very large coffee chain for coffee and breakfast. My middle daughter, Boo, didn't have school today, so she joined me for a coffee drink and oatmeal.
As we sat there, I was amazed at what goes on in a coffee house. There is a constant mix of almost frantic activity and calming relaxation. I know those two don't mix, but they sure sit in juxtaposition in this setting. I watched men carrying out business transactions and a mother lecturing her grown son. But, sitting right next to them were people quietly reading the paper. I watched a new trainee at the counter become obviously flustered as he took orders as well as a seasoned calm coffee professional trying to coach him through his trial. I saw complicated drink orders being processed right along side the simple drip brew. These elements that seemed so contrary to each other existed in harmony in this place.
The coffee house is an interesting world to watch. But for today, the only interest I had was sharing breakfast with Boo!