When I think back on my childhood, what I remember are the routines which made our family’s home our home. Every family has rhythms and routines that help create a unique family identity. One big routine for us was coffee time. We didn’t call it snack time, or juicy time… it was coffee time. Perhaps in anticipation of the day we would be old enough to drink coffee too. I also think it was coffee time because the adults who were home at that time would stop for a few minutes and have coffee while we had tea, or chocolate milk or freshie (remember that one Cdn’s?) . And then there was always something home-baked to go with the drink. I well remember the smell of almond cupcakes just baked as we hurtled through the door after school, dumping bags, and coats and the like. They were really more like boterkoek in cupcake or mini tart form. Tea rounded out that snack pretty well. My friends told me many years later that they always liked coming over to our house after school, and sitting down with my Mom for coffee time.
Coffee time occurs twice per day in a well-regulated household. 😉 At 10 ish in the morning and 3:30 ish in the afternoon (or when the kids come home from school). I have continued the old family (and dutch) routine in our home. It’s a great transition from school to home, a chance to sit with your mom for minute and tell her the exciting news from school that day. Or maybe you just chill out. It’s gezelig, it means home to me, and I want my kids to have a strong sense of connectedness to home and it’s security and comforts. It’s informal and easy (unlike dinner when you might have fussy eaters) and can go on for as long as you like. Coffee time is where the interesting conversations are, where the smell of baking and freshly brewed coffee tells us we’re home.
What routines do your families have? Anyone else love coffee time?