Bittersweet Goodbye

Today, I said goodbye to my favorite coffee shop– Kidd Coffee on Tylersville. Yes, there is another Kidd Coffee in downtown Mason, but it is just not the same. At the Kidd Coffee on Tylersville, the baristas always greeted me with a warm smile and knew my order without even having to ask. I typically went through the drive thru on my way to babysitting, a friend’s house or school function, but today, I decided to bring my laptop, sit inside and work on college application as it was Kidd’s last day of business. I ordered a milky way frappachiller, took a seat and pulled out my laptop. After one hour of working on college apps and witnessing regulars walk in and out to say their final goodbyes, an old man with glasses and thin, white hair strolled in. His name was Bob; all the baristas knew him by name. He ordered a cappuccino and Tiffany, a barista and chef, cut him a piece of her homemade tiramisu. Bob offered to order the girls a pizza for their last day of hard work, but they respectfully declined. After retrieving his coffee and dessert, Bob took a seat across from me at the long, wooden table with a for sale post-it note sticking to it.

“I’ve never seen you here before,” Bob glanced at me. “Do you come here often?”

“I do,” I responded politely. “But, I usually go through the drive thru.”

“Oh, you shouldn’t do that all the time. Sometimes you just need to take a second for yourself.”

He was right. In a simple greeting with a stranger, I was hit with a much needed realization. I am so consumed with accomplishing so much in one day that I never take a second to breathe. I’m always working, doing homework and college applications, traveling from place to place and trying to please others that I never take a second for myself. It’s hard in this day and age to just stop what you’re doing and reflect on yourself, but we all need it.

I chatted with Bob for almost an hour about college, traveling the world and experiencing as much as I can when I’m young. Truly, living everyday to the fullest.

“I can tell just by talking to you in this short amount of time that you’re so open-minded,” Bob told me.

When he said that, I took it to heart. I try my hardest to keep an open mind and open heart because this world is constantly changing and there is so much of it I haven’t seen yet. There are so many people I have not met, so many places I have not seen and so many memories I have yet to make. My conversation with Bob got me really excited for my future because I have no clue where I am going to attend college or what I am going to end up doing in life, but I know I am excited. I know I need to reflect on myself and what I want before I figure out where I am going to end up. It is a confusing and stressful time, but I am excited about it.

As we were departing, Bob said to me, “Good luck, Meghan. Maybe, I will see you at another coffee shop in the future.”

I don’t know what my future holds, but I am sure of one thing: I will find another coffee shop to relax inside and just take a second for myself to breathe.

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