About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Coffee, Tea, and Me

   I’m not a coffee drinker.  My morning beverage of choice is a mug-full of apple juice, with one ice cube.  I do enjoy, however, the occasional coffee-type beverage:  cafe mocha, iced blended mocha, and hot chocolate.

   Recently, while at my local Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, I noticed the signs for the bags of coffee they sell.  And I realized, that my personality was written on those shelf tags.  I can be succinctly summed up using the same adjectives that describe international coffee beans.

  1. Light and subtle.  I am Caucasian, which means that my skin color is considered light.  Subtle, in many ways, I hope.  My sarcasm; usually just hints of exasperation will do the trick.  My fragrances; I don’t want to be leaving a trail of scent behind that makes the elevator ride uncomfortable for the following passengers.  
  2. Light and distinctive.  I do not wear dark clothes, nor do I outline my eyes with dark eyeliner.  However, I want to be distinctive; I want to stand-out and not look like everyone else walking in and out of Coffee Bean.  My jewelry, I think, achieves that goal.  Rings on eight of my ten fingers.  Earrings and necklace to match the day’s outfit.  Two bracelets, a watch, and an anklet complete the ensemble.
  3. Medium and smooth.  I am of medium height at 5’6”.  And my daily application of lotion is to try and maintain smooth skin.  I want my hands to be welcomed, as I tenderly smooth my son’s hair and kiss him good-night.
  4. Dark and distinctive.  I am not a blonde-haired, blue-eyed California girl.  I am instead a brown-hair, brown-eyed California girl.  And while my jewelry may make the top part of me distinctive, my footwear takes care of the bottom part of me.  I am a person who is almost always walking around in a pair of clogs.  And unlike other California girls, no high heels or flip flops can be found in my closet.
  5. Decaffeinated.  I pride myself on being rather level-headed, sensible, and down-to-earth.  I am not overly hyper or overly loud.  When I was teaching, I was frequently told that I had a calming way with my students.
  6. Flavored.  Anyone who peeks inside my bathroom will find a cornucopia of flavors that are used to cleanse my body.  In the shower, it’s blackberry sage tea shampoo and conditioner with a cherry blossom and wild bamboo body wash.  For my skin, it’s a vanilla brown sugar foot scrub.  And to smell subtly pleasant, it’s a red plum and freesia fragrance mist.

   There you have it.  Wendy Kennar, in a coffee bean (instead of a nutshell).


  1. Honey,
    I still remember our first cafe mocha together at Starbucks! I love that we sat and talked for three hours enjoying each other's company. I think your coffee descriptions here in this essay are fantastic!
    I Love You just the way you are.
    I Love You!

  2. You are truly your own person,and you should be very proud of that.You are a wonderful,giving,caring,talented and such a loving person.I love how you blended yourself with the words from the coffees.I love you and I am very proud of you.

  3. You are a wonderful person. You are doing a fantastic job with Ryan. Your portrayal of yourself with the many coffees is truly unique. Your Mother & I are proud of you.

    Love, Dad