A simple cup of coffee is a powerful thing! It can mend fences and save friendships. They say that the pen is mightier than the sword, but it could be that a simple cup of coffee is more powerful than both of them put together.
It had been a tough week in the neighborhood. It was cold, and the kids had been underfoot indoors at one house or the other all week. My neighbor and I had been close friends for several years, but our relationship had gotten seriously strained over this past week. She had called me twice to complain about how my Bobby was tormenting her Shawn. She had sent him home, too, more than twice.
Now, the boys played at my house as often as they played at her house, and I was fully aware of the fact that her Shawn wasn’t the little darling that she thought he was. Our relationship and our friendship were nearing the breaking point; there really wasn’t much doubt about it.
On Thursday morning, I took the boys to the “Mother’s Day Out” program at a nearby local church for the morning. It was my neighbor’s turn to drive, but I offered to run the “taxi” service and she accepted.
When I returned from dropping the boys off, I looked across the street at my neighbor’s house, and it had the deserted look that most homes have during midwinter. In fact, it looked sad. I looked at the pile of laundry that was waiting for my attention. I looked at the as-yet-unmade beds. Then I looked at my coffee maker and made the decision. I picked up the phone and called my neighbor.
I said, “I know we both have a long list of things that we need to do while the little darlings are gone, but how about coming over for a cup of coffee?” She was there almost before I had time to hang up the phone. We drank a cup of coffee, and we talked about how we were both so tired of being cooped up with rowdy kids. We laughed and we cried, and we mended our broken fences and saved our friendship — all over one simple cup of coffee.