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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).