Every Sunday I follow the same routine. I go to Food City, the small grocery store in town, purchase my usual cold meat, sliced cheese, bread and milk; and then I go to Dunkin Donuts. You see, for the past 3 years, I’ve been buying a DD Community Mug from my hairdresser and this allows me one free iced or hot coffee every Sunday for the entire year. Now, I’m not a real coffee drinker, you’ll never catch me with dark roast or espresso. I don’t even know what those are; and I actually thought it was expresso, until spell check corrected me. The coffee I drink is more like liquid candy with names like caramel mocha, Rocky Road, and cookie dough swirl. I’m not even sure I can taste any coffee in it.
This morning as I was waiting my turn, I almost shouted with joy when I saw that my summer favorite, butter pecan swirl, was back. I’m making myself wait until the first Sunday in spring to order that. So for today, I asked for a decafe caramel swirl, cream no sugar, and a blueberry donut. I drove home, gave the donut to my son, sat on the couch and read the Sunday paper, happily sipping that sweet caramel goodness. It’s a great Sunday routine.