Kyle and I recently discovered a new coffee shop not too far from the house. As excited as we were to find a local coffee shop, a quick Google search proved it was actually a chain in various states (eye roll).
Either way, it isn’t the green mermaid, so we try to go there as our alternative whenever time allows.
A couple of weeks ago I ventured to get us coffees through the drive thru and was shocked at being asked my current read while sitting there waiting for two lattes, arm hanging out the window.
Barista: so, what’re you reading?
Me: *leaning ear out of car* um..I’m sorry?
Barista: what’re you reading?
Me: *completely discombobulated* I am, uh, I’m…actually, I just finished up a teacher book reminding and empowering teachers navigating the public school system to always hold tight to what’s best for kids. No matter what.
Barista: that’s awesome!
Me: Y-yeah! Uh..you? What’re you reading?
Barista: I’m actually reading a middle grade science fiction novel. It’s so good! I honestly haven’t really, really read in so long, but I made a goal for this year and wanted to include some “easy” to get through books ha ha ha!
I encouraged her in the reading of middle grade novels and cheered her on in her reading goal, exchanged pleasantries, and drove off with two coffees.
Totally thrown off, I was joyful the rest of the day. Instead of asking the usual “how are you?” and receiving the robotic “fine, you?,” this maybe-a-teenager college student barista engaged me with “what are you reading?”
I often make excuses for avoiding interactions like that on not having enough time. But there’s always enough time. Imagine asking “what’re you reading?” the next time you greet someone in line or wait in a lobby. What a conversation starter!
So, friends, what’re you reading these days?