Weekend Coffee Share.  Let Me Introduce You

To me… Every week on Saturday, bloggers participate in a Weekend Coffee Share. It is now hosted by Natalie the Explorer at https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2021/03/05/doors-in-morocco/ I join in this worldwide, virtual Coffee Share almost weekly. Since I am joining a new group of bloggers, and you, reader, may not have been here before, introductions may be in order. You see, Weekend Coffee Share can help fill the need for social connection during the COVID lockdown and social distancing era.

Last Saturday (or the week before) Iwelcomed readers in to my imaginary cafe complete with fuzzy dog, sun through window blinds,  and Nina Simone playing in the background. If we had just met in this cafe, you’d likely see me writing, as I am working on another book when the muse (and my focus) revisits me. How would the conversation go? (Please don’t mind if I assign you a part in this play):

“What are you writing?” You’d ask.

“Oh, just notes, ideas, reflections on my sleep schedule,  what’s working and what’s not, same with managing my anxiety…what’s working and what’s not. Ideas for my book in progress and some observations that could one day become stories or books.”

I realize you might wonder why I just told you all that. “I’m not ashamed of my struggles, but I guess some of that was all TMI.” I chuckle, as I’m older now and worry much less about being judged.

“I’m a writer too,” you say, “here on Spring Break.” When asked, you tell me you’re from Massachusetts, not surprising due to your accent,  which is great, because, I tell you, “I’m sort of from New England.”

“What do you mean, ‘sort of?'” you ask.

“My dad was military, so we moved from California,  to Illinois,  to Minnesota with family,  to Iceland,  then Virginia,  then here. Everyone says I sound like I’m from New England. Lived there from age 5 to 8.”

“Do you work another job, or just write?”

“I teach middle school, and have done so for twenty years. I write when the spirit moves me, which, these days, is sporadically. My focus is not as good as it used to be, but I sponsor a News Club at school. I love encouraging kids to write!”

“What else do you do?”

“Well, I enjoy time with family,  I have a twenty-four year old son, and my dog. Having a social life is rare these days with COVID.” I  smile under my mask, using my eyes. You are young,  and I  can’t tell if you’re male or female,  not for sure.

Your coffee is ready. “What is a good thing to do while I’m here?” you ask. “My friend will be here to meet me in a few minutes.”

“Go to the beach. The water will still be chilly,  but it’s really pleasant for a walk right now. Great for people-watching,  too. We’ve got some nice national parks with trails,  too. I’m overdue for a beach walk. Whenever I go for one, all worries disappear…I become a happy idiot.”

Circa 2006.

You tell me that sounds great, but you’d prefer to play some beach volleyball with a bunch of co-eds. Then your friend arrives, a young woman, probably also in college.  I’m amazed at how much I’ve told you. I’ve come a long way since college. I still don’t know your gender and decide that it doesn’t matter.

“Thanks for chatting with me, Ma’am,” you say, as I cringe. I don’t want to be a ma’am, as if I’m responsible for what you think of me, and you’ve decided to be ‘carefully’ well-mannered around me. As if I could be your mother. (Oh, guess I could). I’m still not Southern like that. Your friendly chatter was good enough for me.

“Just call me Pam.”

“Okay,” you say. “I’m Joe.”

Or was it Jo? Short for Josephine, like in Little Women? Oh, what does it matter? I could have asked, but it didn’t matter. I just enjoyed the company.

Fictionally and virtually, it has been nice meeting meet you. I hope we meet up in this ‘cafe’ again. If not, I wish you the best in your journeys! Today, it is dreary outside, and after a great night’s sleep, er…read that as passing out on the couch after a crazy, loud week-before-Spring-break teaching week, I am enjoying coffee with creamer after my cereal with blueberries and banana.

Feel free to peruse my blog to find out about books I’ve written, and if you check out my prior posts, you’ll find some interesting reads about my journey through health , anxiety issues, life changes, reaching students, family co-existence, fun with my dog, mental health (my own and my loved ones), etc. My journey is a path to a good place, and I want to be a voice that reaches other voices who may have felt the same, may need commonality, may benefit from my honesty, or may tell me what works for them.

**My title is a reference to my current favorite song, Caution by The Killers. Partial lyrics:

Let me introduce you to the featherweight queen

she’s got Hollywood eyes but she can’t shoot what she sees….

I’m throwing caution, what’s it’s gonna be

Tonight the winds of change are blowing wild and free…

Fearless, it what that song says to me. Though it seems to be a love song, the speaker wants to make a change, and “get out of this town.” You certainly have to be brave and honest with yourself first to make a change. For me, dropping caution means to end fear about sharing myself, my story, or my heart with others. Be brave, know yourself, and be yourself, without shame.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Author: PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living

I am a writer who also teaches reading and writing, currently. In 2016, I self-published an e-book and its sequel, and I am learning the art of self-promotion. I published a full-length time travel novel as of 6/16/17 and its sequel in the summer of 2018. Life is a trip, and writing is the best escape for me! Learn about my award-winning sci-fi novel, Detours in Time, on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF Visit me at https://about.me/pamela.schloessercanepa

13 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share.  Let Me Introduce You”

  1. Ah Pam (and yes, since you asked, I’ll make the switch) this was a fun post. I think I know you from the middle of your coffee share history. I think I got to know you right after you released your first “Time” adventure and even though I thought I knew you pretty well, much of this was new. It was interesting and playful and you sound happy. Any amount of happiness is great these days because real fellowship, real face to face friendship is so rare. I’ve not really gotten outside much or to the beach. But, life remains good by a lot of other measures. Oh, just about an hour ago. I re-caught the same lizard from earlier in the week in the same trap. It’s much warmer now so he was all over the trap as I carried him back to the brick planter box. This time, I just set the trap on the bricks and opened the door for him. He shot out but paused about a foot away to just look back at me. Wouldn’t you just love to know for sure what he was thinking. . . ?
    Me too.

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  2. Hi Pam – that was quite a creative way to tackle a weekend coffee challenge. I don’t stick with the theme because my week isn’t exciting enough to generate a new post about it every 7 days! Instead I just share my thoughts and I think we’d have lots to chat about while we sat in your cafe – lovely to meet you x

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  3. lol, love the virtual introduction, though we have bumped into each other on many occasions. And I am (part time) from MA, but I think I have more of a Cleveland accent than Boston (though around 30 years in New England has changed it 😉 ). My hair is super covid long, down on my back, and I think when I run people driving up from behind think I am female until the draw even and see my face… (no mask when running in the country) but I do hope you can tell I’m male… I’m older than you, but playing volleyball with the co-eds sounds fun. lol, I’m sure i could keep up as far as exercise/stamina goes, but I was terrible (and I mean terrible!) volleyball player even when I was in college, so maybe kayaking is more in order – I’m sure I’ll leave those kids in my wake 😉 Anyway, as I said, a fun post 🙂
    I hope the rest of your weekend goes well and that you have a great week ahead! Happy writing!

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    1. Thank you, Trent. Happy Sunday! I find a good beach walk gives me so much to see, and I enjoy taking in the sounds. Kayaking is a fun activity, I agree. Glad you enjoyed the post! I speak like Imvfrom NE, but Southern dialect comes out when I have to get sassy with the youngins! I surprises even me, LOL!

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      1. lol, I’m sure that bit of southern dialect does come in handy when you need to be sassy! I do love my beach walks as well, but enjoy the wild beaches more than the popular ones. I’m sure you’ve seen some photos from those walks in the past.

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