The cold weather we’ve had for the last several days has made appropriate outerwear necessary even for the short trip down my driveway to the mailbox. Brr!
I’m not a coffee or tea drinker, so on days like these nothing beats a cup of cocoa. It’s a treat that engages every one of my senses:
Sight: I use my delightful red and green Christmas cup. It’s so cheery, I’m happy to look at it even when it’s empty. Or when it’s not Christmas.
Touch: The heat from the cup warms my hands—and encourages me to focus on enjoying the interlude. When I’m clasping it with both hands, I can’t be rushing about doing other things—folding the laundry, loading the dishwasher, scrolling through e-mails. Even the crossword puzzle will have to wait.
Smell: The steam carries the chocolate aroma. Sometimes I add a pinch of cinnamon or a drop of vanilla for variety and that, too, smells divine.
Taste: The richness of the chocolate. The sweetness of slightly melted marshmallow. What could be better?