I like my sugar with coffee and cream

When I arrived at O’Henry’s tonight[1], I expected to grab my usual gingerbread latte and sit anonymous at a table near the fireplace surround. I had work to do, articles to write, and the cozy coffee shop provides the perfect refuge from the distractions of home.

My actual experience wasn’t so different from my expectations, with one exception: I wasn’t so anonymous.

When I approached the counter, I was greeted with a smile of recognition from the middle aged man behind the counter. He commented that I looked different than usual with my hair pulled back, and I tried to conceal my surprise: have I really frequented this shop enough to be a familiar face?

It seems so. Though I must have made half a dozen stops by here since winter began, I was shocked when my counter conversation moved on to my recent departure from school.

In a city–even a state!–where I so often feel like a loner, it was a small blessing to be known, even slightly, in my favorite coffee shop.

[1] This wasn’t actually written tonight, but a while ago. I do that sometimes. Deal.

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6 Responses to I like my sugar with coffee and cream

  1. mb

    I’m sure a reddish haired girl standing 5’2″ would tend to stand out in the crowd a little more too. It usually doesn’t take much for me to remember certain customers where I work, but then again I am very visual in my learning and remembering. Just don’t ask me names. 🙂

  2. Wait… didn’t you already post this awhile back? Or did you just post it briefly and I caught it? I’m so confused!

  3. I posted it on my LJ. And WHO ARE YOU that’s posting on my blog with MY name?

  4. JDR

    I don’t know what’s goin’ on with your comments… but it’s cool you got recognized.

  5. I’m confused too. 🙁

  6. Katie

    hey… i was just wonderin’ if you were going to derek’s show on THURSDAY (yeah, it IS on thursday)… email me or call me at 205-292-5805 if you want to go! i’d love the company!!

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