OK, now for some light-hearted, fun writing. I love Starbucks. People tease me for that, often saying, “But it’s so expensive! You pay $6 for a cup of coffee.”
I try explaining that I do “star dashes” and gather little gold stars on my smartphone that count toward free coffee and food. Plus, I get anything I want to order on my birthday! People usually roll their eyes or shake their heads, not believing that it could be fun and not-so-horribly expensive to frequent a designer coffee business. I don’t go out to dinner at restaurants, I argue. Doesn’t that count for something?
When my kids were teenagers, we often went to Starbucks in Southern California, sitting together outside under a green umbrella, wearing our summer t-shirts, shorts, and sandals, squinting in the sun. We talked and planned together, ate the Best in the World Lemon Cake, and got free house brew coffee refills because I have a Starbucks Gold Card.