The other day I took the kids to McDonald’s down in Quincy for supper. My 13 year-old daughter wanted one of those McDonald’s latte’s that they offer now. I knew she had brought some of her money with her, so I said that she could buy one for herself if she wanted. I fought back the urge to say, “Why do you need coffee? You don’t need coffee. Give me a break!” or “When I was a kid, coffee was considered an “adult” beverage.”
What can I say? There is nothing inherently wrong with drinking coffee. It has caffeine, just like Coke and other fountain drinks. I really have no grounds to say, “No” to such a request. But seriously, when I was a kid (there, I said it), coffee was a “grown-up” drink. The last, and I mean, LAST beverage I would have wanted when I was 13 was coffee. But now all the kids are drinking it. From my point of view, it is a case of kids wanting to act grown-up, or pretend to be adults. We all did that in various ways when we were younger. I doubt they think of it that way.
When we were up in Chicago over New Year’s this year, my wife and I were out for dinner and then went to Starbuck’s afterward and marveled at how many “youngsters” there were hanging out there, drinking their ‘lattes’. In fact, it was so full (because a movie had just let out) that there were some adults waiting for a seat, which we gladly gave to them when we were done.
To me, coffee in any form will always and ever be an “adult” beverage, something that grown-ups drink. I guess I’m already starting to become outdated. Yikes. And I’m only 33 (going on 34). I felt it the other day when they played a new “remake” by Carrie Underwood on American Idol called “Home Sweet Home.” This was one of my favorite songs as a kid by none other than Motley Crue. And now it has been remade. Funny thing is, I actually like the remake. No gray hairs yet though.