Just a Little Left

Image Description: A white mug of coffee on a white saucer. Public domain image.


When I visited some chosen family members this winter, one of them blurted out that I should feel energized because, “after all, don’t you drink like five cups of coffee a day?” I laughed and said that while staying with them, I had never had more than two. He came to his five-cups-per-day belief because I reheat my coffee in the microwave a lot. I guess I’m a slow coffee drinker.

When I was 7 and 8 years old, I would sometimes spend summer days with my Papaw Jim. He would take me to McDonalds, and I would order a Happy Meal while he would order a coffee. Sure enough, I would finish my meal way before he was finished with his coffee, and I would feel so bored.

“I’ve got just a little left,” he would say, with the cup half full.

“Just a little left.”

“Just a little left.”

This was such a marker of my summer. There was hardly ever just a little left.

I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Renee Roederer

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