Musings over Morning Coffee

Old Judge Coffee cropped

Coffee Musings

Within the ramshackle Missouri farmhouse, an aged, graying man stretched in his chair next to the smoking, wood-burning stove.  Squinting out the window into the first rays of a piercing sunrise, he watched as the shafts of winter light lanced the mists that played across the broad gray surface of the Mississippi River.  Neelys Landing was still sleeping, but the man continued to watch for the town’s first waking sights.  As the sunlight glanced off the curvature of his celadon green Fire King mug, he slowly and delicately sipped the Old Judge Coffee brew, delighting in the hot moist aroma that caressed his weathered cheeks.  What was so familiar about that smell?  Of course!  Mount Hood Coffee.  The aroma-induced recollection brought the pleasant shock of recognition, suddenly sweeping him back forty years, and away seventeen hundred miles, to an Oregon morning walk that marked the turning point of his life.  Suddenly, neither the time or the distance was significant.  Everything was rolling up to the shores of his consciousness, like the surging tides of the Pacific Northwest . . .

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3 Responses to “Musings over Morning Coffee”

  1. Xraypics Says:

    Appreciated the pun – “OLD JUG” on the can. Was it intended? Tony


    • davidtripp Says:

      It’s supposed to be “Old Judge” but I really screwed up the lettering. This is a case where I just worked too fast, enjoying the experience too much. Had I stepped back and looked at the drawing critically, before adding pigment, I could have done it right. But thanks for the observation.


  2. Xraypics Says:

    No,mate, you didn’t screw up at all – the pun adds another layer of meaning to the image. I think it’s great, especially with the connection to the coffee pot next to it. Well done. Tony


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