Watercolor cards of coffee and a doughnut – 140 #arches coldpress scraps glued to a pre-made card
Every morning I stop by my local coffee cart run by John and Mohammed, immigrants from Afghanistan who run this cart like a well oiled machine. John sees me coming down the street from the subway and if there are no other customers he immediately prepares my coffee. I told him once what I wanted and I never had to tell him again.
Sometimes Mohammed has to sit in the van until alternate-side-of-the-street parking goes off at 8:00 am. But if he’s in the cart too then the coffee and doughnut serving ballet really begins. John gets the coffee, Mohammed bags it with the requisite baked good that the person ordered, takes the money and makes change while John is on to the next customer. If only the City could run that smoothly.
For a while I tried not to get a doughnut with my coffee, but either John or Mohammed would put it in the bag anyway. One day they ran out of chocolate frosted so they gave me a whole wheat. I eventually gave up fighting with them and just accepted the whole wheat doughnut with my coffee. Hey, it’s whole wheat. Ergo, it must be healthy.
Tomorrow, April 1st will be my last day of work. I will have retired. And it’s not an April Fool’s joke even though some people in my office may think it is. It’s a very strange feeling. Clearly, I’m happy about it, but my daily routine, starting with John and Mohammed will now be over. I’ll have to create new routines. Unless of course I decide to take the subway every morning to get coffee from John and Mohammed’s cart, chat with them, and then come home. Yes, I will miss these guys. But that would just be silly.