COFFEE SHOP SNAPSHOTS: DAY 1

Music from a thumping bass echoes from a speaker in the ceiling. A clash of dishes behind a swinging door briefly mutes mumbled voices.

coffee shop 1Four husky St. Paul firefighters sprawl over stools, baseball caps pushed back on their heads. Unlike the women around me who carry on several conversations, these fellows take turns.

Music from a thumping bass echoes from a speaker in the ceiling. A clash of dishes behind a swinging door briefly mutes mumbled voices.

I notice a woman with a striking, pure white pageboy. She and her companion lean back on their wooden chairs and laugh often and heartily, each comfortable in her own skin in a way that seems to come only with age.

I want to join them.

Author: Judy Westergard

Retired English teacher, self-taught painter, inveterate reader and still lovin' my Kindle!

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