She's The Cream in My Coffee

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Grants Pass, OR 199909023

She is the cream in my coffeeI was 10 years old when I became keenly aware of my mother's love for coffee.  She labored over a percolator, barely able to stand on her feet while leaning into the counter for balance, as she carefully measured the right amount of water and coffee grounds.  When she was done, we both eagerly waited, for what seemed like an inordinate amount of time, for that little button on top to signal the perfect pot of liquid gold. 

She layered her cup with cream and two spoonfuls of sugar.  I curiously watched as she raised her cup to her lips for that first sip.  Before I could witness her supreme delight, a few drops would always spill on her clothes.  She smiled, as if nothing happened.  I pretended too that I didn't see a thing, but I knew her shaky hands were caused by her disease, Multiple Sclerosis.  

One day, I asked if I could have a sip of her coffee.  She smiled and handed me her cup.  I took my first sip, and it was so sweet, just like her.  In that moment, I inhaled the aroma and I was hooked.    

Unfortunately, those precious moments were cut short too soon.  I think God must have needed her special talent in heaven for making liquid gold.  Surely, she is bringing smiles to many new recruits as we speak.  

She's the cream in my coffee, and I'm still breathing her in with every cup of joe/joy.  Happy Birthday Mama!  Today, and every day, I celebrate you and our love for coffee.

Posted by

Melinda Peterson

Melinda Peterson, ABR, CRS

Oregon Principal Broker


Real Estate Cafe LLC


Serving Central and Southern Oregon

Inspired by her love for dreamy homes and lattes, Mel specializes in creating relationships of land and life... with a latte laughter =)


Discover Central and Southern Oregon 

Comments (12)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Melinda... what a sweet and lovely tribute to your mother. It brought tears to my eyes. I learned my love of coffee from my mother, as well... she's been gone for almost 21 years, but I still miss her.

Apr 21, 2020 06:38 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Thank you so much Nina.  We must be kindred spirits!  It's been 25 years since my Mama passed, and I still get teary-eyed when I speak about her. 

Apr 21, 2020 11:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mel - what a thoughtful post.  It seems we are on a similar path as my post today is also coffee-inspired but a totally different direction.  Happy Birthday to your Mother who would be impressed by the person you have become.  

Apr 21, 2020 07:00 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Thank you Michael... I always get a little emotional on her birthday and Mother's day.  Being a lover of coffee... I'll definitely hop on over to your post for a virtual latte. 

Apr 21, 2020 11:50 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is such a loving tribute to your sweet mom.  I know the connection you feel to your mother is profound, Melinda. And as others said on Facebook, you are quite a bit like her, it seems. What gifts she gave you. 

Apr 21, 2020 07:03 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Thank you Debb.  She was wise beyond her years, and she enlightened me to life in so many ways.  I wish I had a smart phone back then, I would've taken lots of pics and videos of her, like I did with my dad.  Boy, do I miss them both! 

Apr 21, 2020 11:55 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Mel-Such a wonderful birthday tribute to your Mom.  You are very special like your Mom was.  It is so cool that you have that special connection from childhood that has continued into adulthood.  

Apr 21, 2020 07:03 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Thank you Sharon!  I'm so glad I share in her love for... coffee, chocolate & flowers.   

Apr 21, 2020 11:57 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a beautiful tribute and memory to share. I loved reading this, and am sorry your time together was shorter than you would have liked. But to be able to conjour memories like this up over a cup of coffee and precious and so worthwhile.

Apr 21, 2020 08:39 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Thanks so much Nick.  My mom and I were the best of friends, and I'm so grateful for the special times and memories we shared.  You can be sure that every time I drink a latte, I think of her with a smile ;-)

Apr 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mel, what a beautiful story, and it is tough when they pass.   They will always be in our hearts.   

Apr 21, 2020 09:08 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Thank you Joan! Her life was cut short too soon, but we sure made the most of our time together. 

Apr 21, 2020 12:01 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning Mel - I could feel your mother's love and care, and yours for her, in your post. I imagine every cup of coffee you enjoy brings you feeling close to your mother once again. 

Apr 21, 2020 10:06 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Yes indeed Lottie, every single time I smell the aroma of coffee brewing, and/or dring a cup of joe, I think of her and the beautiful times we had together.   

Apr 21, 2020 12:04 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

What a wonderful birthday tribute to your mom. 

Apr 21, 2020 11:50 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Thank you Sheri!  Not a day goes by that I don't think of her, and the positive influence she had on my life. 

Apr 21, 2020 12:06 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi your tribute to your Mom on her birthday! She clearly was full of love for you - and coffee! Like Mother like Daughter! So special to have a Mom that shows you what life is really all about.  Very beautiful story....very!

Apr 21, 2020 12:46 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Thanks so much Anna.  She is truly my inspiration, and I'm so grateful that we share a kindred spirit for coffee, chocolate & flowers.  

Apr 23, 2020 07:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Mel- that is one of the most loving tributes to a mother I've ever read. My dad would let me have coffee on Sundays...a little coffee and a lot of milk in a demitasse cup. 

Apr 21, 2020 06:13 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

Awww, thanks Kathy!  My friends always joke about my love for coffee... now they understand why I love it so much.  Every sip reminds me of her. ;-)

Apr 23, 2020 08:01 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Melinda (Mel) Peterson - that brings tears to my eyes and thoughts of my mother.  That is a beautiful tribute to your mother.

Apr 27, 2020 05:14 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson

That's so sweet, thank you Grant!  

May 15, 2020 04:56 PM