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Latte Boy

Saturday, 20 November 2010

[This was published on motzei Shabbat]


“I’m so hungry.”

It came from somewhere deep within the mini-van.

“I’m so hungry.”

How could this kid be hungry? Just forty minutes prior, my stocky three-year-old had packed away three slices of French toast, a container of kiwi-strawberry yogurt, and a sippy-cup of milk.

With the ever-constant pressure to get the older kids to school before the second bell, turning the car around was simply out-of-the-question. Much to Peach’s consternation. A hastily-offered trip to Starbucks, however, was just the thing as Peach eagerly agreed to grab some “oytmeal” from Starbucks after the first drop-off.

Man, does that boy love his “oytmeal.” Sweet brown sugar, tart dried fruit, crunchy nuts. He says that it makes him “feel cozy all the way inside.”

What set this particular outing apart from other Starbucks pilgrimages was that, in lieu of his usual chocolate milk chaser, Peach insisted on ordering coffee.

Coffee? “When did you start drinking coffee?”
“You let me taste coffee. Once. I like it.”
Oh. My bad.

And as we enjoyed our morning indulgence seated in overstuffed, leather chairs, a passerby eyed me with suspicion.
“Is that…coffee?”
Come on, lady. It’s not as if I’m encouraging my kid to mainline.

Before I had a chance to respond, my child turned up his sweet face and innocently replied,

It’s a latte.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Shellie Halprin permalink
    Saturday, 20 November 2010 10:22 pm

    My nephew Jake can’t get through a single day without his “coffee milk”. My sister puts a tablespoon of nonfat vanilla coffee creamer in his milk, and he won’t drink it any other way.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 21 November 2010 8:05 pm

      Sounds yummy.

      Peach is a HUGE milk drinker. Likes it non-fat and likes it icy cold. So I was pretty surprised when he veered from his usual.

  2. Lili permalink
    Sunday, 21 November 2010 12:10 am

    Paige and I were shopping today in a grocery store with a Coffee Bean and she asked for a drink. I told her to go get it and to the servers surprise she asked for a small decaf soy latte with a sweet-n-low in it. The server was shocked and said “I’ve been doing this awhile and I’ve never had a kid order any drink like that”. Yes, my kids have loved coffee since the early days when they would sit around in the morning with grandma and have their daily coffee (2 ounces of coffee, 6 ounces of milk). These memories are some of the bestQ!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 21 November 2010 8:06 pm

      That is surprising, actually, because I know that lots of the middle schoolers are drinking these drinks. Perhaps it was the articulate, mature way in which she placed her order 😉

      And yes, those memories are so precious.

  3. Sunday, 21 November 2010 7:56 am

    hey, at least he’s got his lingo down 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 21 November 2010 8:08 pm

      Are you surprised?

  4. stephanie permalink
    Sunday, 21 November 2010 10:41 am

    When my grandparents would visit (once or twice a year) we got to have “coffee” with breakfast- one part coffee, ten parts milk and some sugar. It was milk with just enough coffee to give it color. We looked forward to that every visit- freaked out a teacher when they asked what the best part of the grandparents visit was though.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 21 November 2010 8:09 pm

      We had a similar breakfast treat with our grandparents. Except that it involved prunes. Not coffee. 😉

      I can completely understand how that would be the best part of the visit because it was something that only happened when they came to town. So special.

      • Monday, 22 November 2010 7:42 am

        Maybe that’s why I love prunes so much. Sunsweet stewed prunes.

  5. Sunday, 21 November 2010 2:57 pm

    He is a 21st century kid! I remember the ‘one part coffee, many parts milk,’ too. Good family memories….:)

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 21 November 2010 8:10 pm

      Indeed. Though this really was mostly coffee 😉

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