Many Minnesotans, especially from rural areas grew up having coffee and “a little lunch” with family, friends, and neighbors. While it was common, it wasn’t an organized thing. Everyone always put the coffee on at a moment’s notice, as there were no Keurig one-cup devices at the time. It was acceptable for someone to stop over to have a cup of coffee and catch up, without calling ahead or making formal arrangements. It was socially acceptable and if a little lunch was offered, it could be anything from a cookie or bar, to a sandwich.
If you haven’t taken a half hour or an hour to have coffee with a friend or neighbor in a while, don’t wait. It’s a tradition that is good for all of us; reminding us to slow down and enjoy life from time to time and focus on what’s important.