It started simple enough. I went to get my first cup of morning coffee. I lifted the feather-light pot to my cup with ease only to discover that the water did not filter down through the grounds, hence it wasn’t my toning exercises making this small task easier, it was a broken small kitchen appliance that gave the empty canister a “lighter than air” (or lighter than coffee, at least) feel.
I went to the store with a tight-fisted budget and simple requirements. What a shock! With the cost of regular coffee peaking at $10 on sale, why would anyone want or need to spend hundreds of dollars on a machine that takes special filters — I like buying 200 for $1 at the dollar store. Heck sometimes I even use them around the house as cheap chip plates! — or machines that take special single-serve coffee flavors. These are around $1 a piece and although the coffee may be tasty, I’ll stick to the 12 cups I get with the 3 scoops of ground coffee beans.
So, I’m pleased as punch with my new 12-cup, auto-timer, name-brand, $15 coffee pot. It looks like a space gadget with so much chrome.
Then, it happens. I get distracted, and my mind moves on to more improvements. Our old sugar container looks pretty shabby next to our new jet-powered coffeepot. Then, of course, it would make the mornings all the better drinking out of shiny new mug. And I wonder if we’ll get enough income tax refund back to replace the counter tops? Now, what did I do with those magazine clippings of that breakfast nook?
For now I am content with the new coffee pot, but you know what happens “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie.”
For those who haven’t picked up a children’s book since 1984, “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie” was written in 1985 by Laura Numeroff. Its plot is about a boy who gives a mouse a cookie, then the mouse needs some milk, then a napkin and on and on through a series of events until they [ ** is this "they are" or "it is" back? The mouse is singular in the title ** ] for another cookie.
A fun exercise for your budding writer (or blogger) is to write your own circle story in the Mouse format. Download this fun enrichment guide that features a fill-in-the-blank teaching lesson designed for the classroom (along with other activities) based on this best selling childrens book.