Waking Up Is Hard To Do

I am not a coffee drinker. My go-to hot drink is tea-Earl Grey or a Breakfast Blend- with milk and a small spoonful of sugar. Every day I look forward to sitting down with my cup and the scent of morning rising from the steaming surface. There’s nothing like that first sip swimming over your tongue and trickling down your parched throat-the morning oasis after the night’s desert.

But then, Big Son took a vacation to Ann Arbor and Ohio in early June and he came back with a new-found love for French Vanilla coffee. This led to a request from him for some of his own. I traipsed to the store but wasn’t sure of the brand he wanted so I picked Folgers French Vanilla and this box of Folgers French Vanilla Cappuccino. I brought them home and *parenting win* I got it right with the first one, not the cappuccino but he gamely tried it and liked it. BUT THEN…I got a whiff of it. I swear the scent followed me all over the house for the rest of the day and would not leave me alone. It broke me down. Ok, I thought, I’ll give it a go. And I did…

I now have two boxes of Folgers French Vanilla Cappuccino sitting next to my kettle and teapot.

And I wrote a poem about it. (So shameless.)

I may need professional help.

What’s your favorite morning wake-up drink?

xo Jesi


“The Best Part of Waking Up”

By Jesi Scott


It’s the anticipation of that first sip,

-The prelude to the sun rising in my blood

awakening bones, sinews, and muscles-

that forces my shuffling feet and groggy yawns

into the kitchen to begin my daily routine with my elixir of life

-water poured into the kettle put on the heating-up burner

while my cup waits, beseeching me for the treasure that’s coming-

My sleep-fogged brain refuses to acknowledge my existence for as we

wait for the high-pitched signal that beckons my attention

-pour the freaked out screaming kettle so it will shut up-

And now we wait longer

-the comforting “good morning” scent teases my taste buds-

for that just-right moment when the rich, dark liquid will

be hot-enough-without-tongue-scalding-blistering perfect

Steam rises from my cup as I lift it carefully

-don’t spill a single precious drop;

that home-in-mug aroma nearly makes me faint-

Gently, oh so delicately, I tease the cup edge to my lips

testing the waters before diving in

-the merest sip slips over my tongue-

And then…


Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.


  • bobcabkings

    No, you don’t need professional help, just coffee (with a side order of tea? Why not?) – Mine is “Italian Espresso Roast” (roasted dark black, but not bitter like Starbucks’) bought on line from a roaster in NY, created, they say, to satisfy the old Italian men in the neighborhood who wanted it “just like at home in Rome”. I do it half decaff (As much of it as I drink, I’d be bouncing off the cieling with full caffeine.) I do it in a Mr. Coffee Espresso machine and take it straight.

  • Lizzi

    Sounds good!

    I go for Earl Grey (black), or just water. I used to have coffee sometimes at weekends, back when I had a hob stove which I could put the coffee pot on. Alas, no more. I used LavAzza espresso. By the mug 😉 (black, with a pinch of salt to take the bitterness out, like the Italians do)

    • Jesi

      Hi Kristi! Nice to see you over here :=)
      Vanilla makes almost everything taste better! Though, I must admit, Peppermint Mocha creamer is one of my downfalls.

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