One of the simple joys of life is a hot cup of coffee with a warmed stroopwafel, something I recently enjoyed on a short afternoon United Airlines flight.
My wife and I have a “coffee break” with my son every day after he returns home from school. It’s a ritual that I quite enjoy, with Augustine enjoying a “cappuccino” with mostly frothed milk and a few drops of espresso. It gives us time to chat and sometimes a chance to reflect.
But wherever I am in the world, I enjoy a cup of coffee in the afternoon and occasionally a sweet treat to go with it. Last week, I found myself on a United Airlines flight from Montreal to Washington Dulles during that time of day.
It was cold and snowy outside and frankly a little chilly onboard too. I was bundled up, but still ready for a nice cup of coffee. We hit some turbulence after takeoff, but eventually the flight attendant served beverages and offered a stroopwafel with it. A stroopwafel is a thin, round waffle cookie made from two layers of sweet baked dough held together by caramel filling…always delicious.
I opened my cookie and placed it on top of the hot cup of coffee to warm it up. That’s key–the stroopwafel becomes even tastier when the caramel filling is warmed.
And then I ate it. It was delicious. And I was thankful.
Our lives get so hectic and there is so much going on…sometimes it is nice just to enjoy a cookie and cup of coffee while looking at the window of an airplane.