I say YES to Hot Chocolate at Starbucks with the secret service!
This week’s Write or Die prompt, hosted by Shelly, asks: If you could have a one-hour coffee date with anyone in the world (or on the other side), who would it be? Why? What would you talk about?
There are lots of people I admire, some in my day-to-day life, some like my parents and immediate family, who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like, others like my grandparents who I wish were still alive so I could share my life with them, people who made a big impact on my life but who I’ve lost touch with. And on different days, I need different things but I always need good advice and the wisdom of someone else’s experience.
And right now, I’m reading 41: A Portrait of My Father which is a book about former President, George H.W. Bush, written by his son George W. And with all that I’ve read so far, I am impressed by the man I’m reading about, which is why if I could choose a one-hour coffee date with someone, I think today my answer would be Father Bush, George H.W.
I think in that one hour, I would be able to tell him my story and that he would give me advice, borne out of his 90 years of living, and several countries and places and positions worth of experience. He would tell me about the courage that brought him to want to move away from the comforts of his family’s name and strike out on his own, something I also tried to do years ago when I moved to the US. I think he would be able to tell me about how he was able to keep going after several defeats and disappointments and how he made some of the difficult decisions that characterized his presidency and his life, and that this would help me with some of the difficult decisions facing me right now.
And when our coffee date was over, I think I would know if I made enough of an impact on him and gained a new friend, because he would send me one of his trademark handwritten notes.
So today, I would choose to share my Starbucks table with Former President George H.W. Bush. But if you ask me tomorrow, I might have moved on to another table, another person, probably to sit and share my hot chocolate with my mom 🙂
If you could, who would you choose to spend an hour with?