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My New Morning Coffee Klatsch

05 Jan

In 1983 I was a new bride in a small town of 400.  I knew no one except my husband and his family who had lived there all their lives.  I was lonely.  I had graduated from college where I met my husband, got married and moved to his hometown.  We hadn’t planned our stay to be so long but our lives didn’t take the path we had planned.  Nearly 28 years later we are still in our small town working at our family business.

In those early days of marriage I needed to find some friends.  I started out each day with a walk to the post office to pick up our mail and then ventured into the local café for a cup of coffee.  It was there I met my first friends in town.  Each morning there was a gathering of women for their morning coffee.  It was my first coffee klatsch or coffee clutch as my Dad used to refer to my Mom and her friends having morning coffee together in the neighborhood.  “Coffee Klatsch” comes from German Kaffeeklatsch meaning “coffee chat.”

Each morning we would meet for coffee and talk about the latest news, our kids, troubles, and plans for the rest of the day.   After coffee we would each return to our respective homes and go about our household tasks.  Sometimes we would meet back at the café in the afternoon after our chores were done.  The first few years we met almost daily.  I wasn’t so lonely anymore,  then one by one each of my friends got jobs outside of the home and our morning coffee klatsch was no more.  A few years later my first friend died of cancer and two others from the group moved to other towns.  Back to lonely again but I was busy with my four kids at home.

The years between then and now were filled with years of daycare, teaching, bookkeeping and raising kids.  Now my days are filled with daily tasks at our business, household chores and spending time with my husband and kids.  I haven’t had much time for friends outside of work since I quit teaching and started working at our family business. 

As I was driving home this evening from an after hours tow call I was delighted to think that I have my “Coffee Klatsch” once again.  It isn’t in the same form as it once was but each morning I meet with my new friends I have found through blogging.  I pour myself a cup of coffee and grab my daughter’s laptop and turn it on. 

I check on each and every one of my friends from blogging.  It’s like having coffee with my best friends and my own personal virtual magazine .   We discuss travel,  photography, cooking, family life, spirituality, books and current events.  My coffee klatsch friends are all over the United States, Philippines, Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand. 

Each one shares a bit of their lives each morning as do I.  We each go about our daily tasks and most meet back each morning or at least weekly.  I would love it if we were all meeting in the small town café face to face like I used to with my friends but this is the next best thing.  I treasure my early morning coffee time once again. 

Thank you to all who share your lives with me.  My life is richer because of each and every one of you. 

P.S  It’s okay if you prefer tea….You’re always welcome!

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20 responses to “My New Morning Coffee Klatsch

  1. Booksphotographsandartwork

    January 5, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I do prefer tea and I am so not a morning person! I’m an owl but I think we can still be friends. I moved to my husbands small town of about 5,000 (at the time) about 20 years ago and we lived way outside of town and I didn’t drive so talk about no friends, oh it was awful. There was no where to walk too! A couple of years later I learned to drive and I would drive by a little house in almost the middle of town and think it was a cute little house. As soon as I saw it up for sale I jumped on it. We have been here ever since. Now the dang man wants to move again to another small town across the country! It ain’t happening!

     
  2. flyinggma

    January 5, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I am a night owl by nature but am forced to be up early for work or if I want some quiet time for myself in a busy house. Trying to do both usually catches up with me at some point during the week. I do love my coffee…

     
  3. Carol Ann Hoel

    January 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I get up each morning and put coffee in the pot to brew while I shower. The coffee is ready when I get out. I pour myself a cup and sit down in front of my computer to chat. I get up earlier than my hubby, so I have a little while before breakfast to enjoy the coffee and the community. Blessings to you, Jeanne…

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 5:27 am

      Sounds like your morning is very much like how my morning starts each day. I love the quiet, the time to think and visit. Blessings to you, Carol

       
  4. Thomas Stazyk

    January 5, 2011 at 2:43 am

    And thank you for sharing interesting insights, funny stories and tales about flying!

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 5:29 am

      Thanks Thomas! There is so much I have learned from reading your blog this past year and to think it all started with a post about vaccuum cleaners. Keep those stories coming…I’ve missed them during your trip.

       
  5. writerwoman61

    January 5, 2011 at 6:29 am

    What a fun analogy! I’m a tea drinker too!

    I love “getting together” with my online friends…they are my biggest cheerleaders (and sometimes my strongest critics!).

    Glad you’re part of my “Coffee Klatsch.”

    Wendy

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

      I am so glad to have you as part of my “Coffee Klatsch” Just got back from visiting a favorite bookstore in town. What a fun way to start the day!

       
  6. 36x37

    January 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Aw. Jeanne, this is lovely. What a perfect sentiment.

    So glad to have found you. You’re a delightful read, and an even more delightful person.

    Happy Wednesday!

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Happy Wednesday to you as well. In some ways the on-line “Coffee Klatsch” is better. I can use my imagination just as reading a book to “see and hear” all of you in your lives.

       
  7. Linda Anderson

    January 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

    That is a neat analogy, and I’m happy you included me in among those early risers to meet and swap howdies! I just poured a cup of coffee and thought I’d take a few minutes to read your blog before getting back to work. I like tea too, especially in the afternoon for some reason! Hope you have a blessed day!

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Thanks for sharing your cup of coffee with me this morning. Have a blessed day as well.

       
  8. Joe Clark

    January 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Jeanne, you crack me up! As I was sitting here reading this blog, I was in fact, drinking my first cup of coffee for the morning. I have to agree with everything you wrote in this post. It is no different in Minnesota as it is in Alabama or California or Florida. When I read about how you would drop into the café for your morning coffee, it reminded me of my Uncle Buddy. When he retired, he had plenty of coffee at home, but he would get into his pickup and drive three or four miles into his small town to meet with his friends at the local drugstore counter for coffee and discussions about farming.
    I have another friend I would like to introduce you to through blogging. David Hipschman is a writer who recently moved to Florida from Wisconsin. His blog is at http://davidhipschman.com and he is a wonderfully gifted writer and editor from whom I know I am going to learn a great deal. I think you would also enjoy reading his work. He is a pilot, ex-news reporter, and formerly EAA’s Director of Publications in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Tell him I introduced you…
    Oh, and by the way, your writing was excellent before – and I have watched as it has improved over the last months.

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Thanks so much for your compliment Joe. I truly value your opinion when it comes to my writing. Thanks for the link to David’s blog. I will surely check it out. I’m delighted to know that you joined my “Coffee Klatsch” this morning.

       
  9. nrhatch

    January 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful post, Jeanne.

    I’m with you all the way ~ coffee and cyber chat is a great way to jumpstart the day.

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Nancy, glad you could join the “Coffee Klatsch” this morning. Thanks for the link to your friend Linda’s blog. I spent a little time there yesterday and know I will be back soon.

       
  10. Patricia

    January 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    It is interesting how friends come and go in our lives. And now how blogging has added a new dimension to friendship. I am developing friendships here as I have on an online forum in which I participate .
    I drink tea–and often I don’t get here til late but always enjoy the “chat”.

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks for stopping by when you have time. I enjoy all the new friends and miss the old ones. Jeanne

       
  11. planejaner

    January 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Awww, jeanne! That made me so happy!
    Maybe we are a blogging klatsch…
    blessings…I look forward to “seeing’ you each morning, too.
    jane

     
    • flyinggma

      January 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      Loved reading about your coffee consumption this morning. I’m not much for drinking water as I should either.

       

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