Monday, February 9, 2009

The Coffee Is Always On

It's something you hear a lot of in outback country anywhere.  Hospitality.  Doesn't matter if you're an insurance salesman, seed corn salesman, a stranger stuck in the road, or a neighbor.  You'll be invited in for coffee and goodies.

My father had an incredible work ethic.  Up in the 4:00 a.m. hour milking cows and doing chores, then off to work, either in the field or his construction job, then home for milking and chores again.

Like all hard working men and women, he had to keep his energy level up.  After chores, at around 6:00 a.m., came breakfast.  Then if he was anywhere close, morning lunch at 10:00 a.m., then dinner (yes, here in Nebraska, the noon meal is called dinner) right at noon, then an afternoon lunch around 3:00, then supper whenever the chores were done at night.

Of course coffee could be whenever anyone drove in the driveway.  Hospitality was such an important part of his life, we had it carved into his headstone - The Coffee's On.

So when you stop by, remember the coffee is always on.

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