“Do you want coffee?”, he asked. I looked out of my window wondering where the coffee was going to come from. Sitting from the back passenger seat, I recognised a logo I hadn’t seen in almost 10 weeks. “Yes!”, I replied, immediately. Almost too immediately. For a person who doesn’t really drink coffee, having a freshly brewed cup of Starbucks coffee to sip on while the kids were sleeping, sounded like an opportunity not to be missed. “Cappuccino?”, he asked looking at me, in case my preference had changed since the lockdown. It hadn’t. I still preferred fuss- free, simple coffee, with some foam and milk. I loved the foam.
He left to get our #coffee , while I minded our napping kids. It definitely was nap time for one of the younger one, but why the older one was napping, I wasn’t sure.
It had been 10 minutes since he left and should have returned with our coffee by now, but it was taking longer than expected. How I wish we could have all gone in the cafe together, but with the current situation it felt necessary to keep the kids as socially distanced as possible. I continued to look out of my window, watching people enter and exit the cafe. And then I saw him appear. Holding a tray with two tall branded paper cups. Carefully balanced, he sat in the car and I noticed our names written on the cups, which unexpectedly made me smile. Probably because it bought back #pre -Covid memories, but most likely because my name was spelt right. While he emptied the sugar sachets into the cups and mixed it all together, I asked him why had it taken so long to get the coffee. He told me all about the ‘new’ normal. About how his temperature was checked when he entered. About being offered disposable gloves if you weren’t wearing any. About the #socialdistance queuing stickers and rules around the cafe. About the lack of tables and chairs for people to sit and socialise. About the chat he had with one of the staff there on how they close by 7, so that they could all reach home by the curfew time of 8pm.
I listened to it all while sipping on my coffee which I held in my gloved hand. This is that coffee and this was that moment.
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