July 30, 2014
I’m not a morning person, but the idea of a cup of coffee in the morning makes me want to be one. It sounds easy enough, but it’s a rarity that I drink a cup before heading out the door. I get jealous when I’m watching a movie or TV show and someone stumbles half-awake out of their bedroom and is handed a fresh cup of coffee. Does this actually happen? Do people wake up with enough time to make coffee and then sit down to enjoy a full cup?
Better question. Do you remember that part in The NeverEnding Story where Atreyu takes a break by a stream to eat with Artax, and then Bastion is sparked to stop reading and grabs his own lunch? I do this whenever I watch someone on TV drink a cup of coffee. I can’t even count how many times I paused Twin Peaks to make myself some coffee. Agent Cooper even turned me on to a slice of pie with my coffee.
If we may return to The NeverEnding Story for a moment, my favorite line in that movie is a few moments later when Bastion is scarfing down his sandwich, stops and says, “No, not too much. We still have a long way to go.” That’s me, I am Bastion. To be fully engulfed in a story, I need to be eating or drinking in pace with the characters. Did I mention I drink Old Fashions along with Don Draper when I watch Mad Men?
Where was I? That’s right, coffee. The same effect that happens when I’m watching TV carries over to when I’m reading a book like our friend, Bastion. When I was reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the main character drank an awful lot of coffee and, in turn, I stayed up several nights with coffee in one hand and a book in the other.
I just had a strange thought. What if by Atreyu eating his lunch, Bastion reading about it, and me watching The NeverEnding Story and writing about it, you then decide that you’re hungry and you eat something? Or better yet, what if you decide you want some coffee… with some pie?