Kristine Bruneau

For more than two decades, Kristine Bruneau has made a career from writing and marketing communications. Her commentaries, stories, and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including Daka Magazine, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester Magazine and Rochester Woman Magazine. She posts regularly to her Mommy Musings blog at where she explores lessons on motherhood, love, and life. Bruneau is an alum of the 2015 Listen to Your Mother Rochester event (#LTYM #ROC). You can watch her read her motherhood story "Tangled in Leather" at the LTYM Show channel on YouTube. Search: Kristine Bruneau.

Enjoy the Coffee

photo courtesy of Gordana Adamovic Mladenovic from flickr.

What making coffee taught me about life, one day when I wasn’t paying attention.

This morning I made a pot of coffee and went to work out while it brewed. When I returned, I poured myself a steaming cup of – hot water! I forgot to put ground coffee in the filter. I looked into my sad cup of yellow water (yuck!) and sighed. I forgot the main ingredient.

So, I set out to make a fresh pot, but this time I resolved to make coffee with my complete attention.

I reached for the brown paper cone filters in the cupboard and slipped out a filter. I folded the edges, opened the cone, and tucked it into the brewing basket. I took off the ceramic lid with the laughing monkey perched on top that contains the coffee. Careful not to spill it, I scooped 5 heaping spoons of aromatic coffee into the filter, and then replaced the still-laughing monkey.

I opened the refrigerator, took out the glass carafe of filtered water.  I poured water in the machine, but there wasn’t enough, so I refilled it and continued pouring up to the 10-cup line. I slid the pot into the machine and turned it on.

How often, I wondered as I waited for the coffee to brew, do I forget the main ingredient for other things in my life? How many times do I race through my day, barely aware of what I’m doing; thinking of other things, making mistakes, running late, or hurting myself?

When I forget the main ingredient, like ground coffee, I get something I wasn’t expecting.  When I make coffee to make coffee, however, I will receive a hot, delicious cup of coffee to drink. I think that’s the way to live life: enjoy it one moment at a time. I know it’s harder to do than say, but just for today I will enjoy the coffee.

I hope you enjoy the coffee, too.