When I got to be a certain age, my parents stopped giving me heart shaped boxes of chocolate and conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day. I know — Valentine’s Day is still about a week away — but this Valentine arrived early. One year (I think I was in college at this point) my Mom decided that for Valentine’s day she was going to send me some fun money with directions to purchase a cute pair of red shoes — which I did. The surprise “shoe money” wasn’t a yearly thing — maybe every third year — but I got quite a few cute pairs of red shoes from Mom for Valentine’s Day over the last 11 years. It has been about three years since the last red shoe envelope arrived in the mail — and Mom and Dad noticed that my old coffee maker was not only too small (4 cup model) but also was starting to give up after many years of service. So when Dad decided to come for an impromptu visit, he brought this year’s Valentine — this pretty red coffee maker.
My parent’s neighbors have this exact red Mr. Coffee pot — and they love it — which gave Mom the idea to swap the red shoe idea for a red coffee pot for Valentine’s Day this year…
…and that is how I ended up with this lovely (much larger–12 cups!) red coffee pot that so nicely coordinates with my red microwave. So far, I’ve used it exactly twice and I have no complaints — it makes a great cup of coffee, has plenty of fancy features and well — it just looks so darn cute. Can a coffee pot be cute?
Thanks Mom and Dad — every morning when I make my coffee, I’ll be reminded of loving parents.