I'm not here to debate who has it worse, a stay-at-home mom or a working mom. I am here, however, to say that a stay-at-home mom rarely gets to enjoy her coffee in the fashion that it is mean to be enjoyed: hot. Coffee, that lifeblood that nearly every mom relies on, is a sad thing when imbibed lukewarm. And yet, a cup of cold coffee is the drink of the day in many a stay-at-home mom's house. There are so many reasons a stay-at-home mom's coffee will always be cold — too many to capture in just one sitting, honestly — but I've highlighted a few.
In our house, the cold coffee situation is exacerbated by the fact that we do not own a microwave. My husband is super anti-microwave, and ever since we moved in together he's been on a mission to wean me off microwaves. When I go to people's houses where microwave are available, it doesn't even dawn on me that I can reheat my coffee by using one, because he's got me so hooked on his crusade. All that is to show that when my coffee gets cold, it's game over for my cup of coffee (and basically my whole morning is ruined).
Perhaps that explains why I'm in a crap mood for the entire portion of the day that's spent with my kids up until we leave the house and I purchase a cup of hot coffee. I make it my mission to stay the course and enjoy my coffee before anyone can distract me from my task, and for some reason, when I have coffee outside of the house I'm able to mostly drink it before it becomes ice cold. I think it is because I usually let the children destroy whatever cafe we've bought the coffee from, but I digress. Hot coffee at home is an exercise in futility, because as most stay-at-home moms know, children will do almost anything to prohibit you from having it.