Molecule of caffeine

Ink and watercolour on paper, 10×8

Ah, caffeine. The most normalized and used drug in the whole world.

The first time I had tea, I was about 10 years old, maybe a year or two older. I wasn’t feeling well and a friend of the family, Bea, came to find me and brought me a warm glass of tea with four sugars. I fell in love instantly. It was delicious, made me feel grown up, and actually made me feel a bit better. Tea has always been a part of my life in one way or another. On most days I drink tea in my classroom. During class. The kids find it bizarre. I find it soothing and energizing and wonderful. Tea is magical. All of the tea.

The first time I had coffee it was in the form of a pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks. It was a treat my roommate at the time, Gillian, brought back for me. Feeling affectionate that she had thought of me, I tried it. And loved it instantly. There is something special about a pumpkin spiced latte.

Given the timing of when I first drank coffee, that happened in 2004 or 2005. Thinking on it, I have no idea how I obtained my engineering degree sans coffee.

Molecule of caffeine