An Ode to Coffee



The delicious, energy-giving elixir of the heavens.

The life force behind cheery, smiling moms ready to face the day.

The gasoline which fuels parents everywhere.

Deep, dark, almost black or pale, creamy and lovely brown.

The beautiful, playful steam drifts upwards from the cup.


The rules for moms with coffee are simple.

No loud noises before it.

No big decisions before it.

No adulting before your coffee.

That small feeling of danger as you reach for another cup. This could be the one. The one that sets you over the edge, shaking and out of control. Or it could be the one that sends you off as a productive worker bee.

(Come on, I’m a mom. This is how dangerously I live.)

Which one will this be?


I can’t tell you of my love of coffee. There aren’t words. Iced, hot, latte, mocha, macchiato…I love them all. French press with cream and sugar? Bring it on.

Artisan roasted? Yes. Trader Joe’s? Absolutely.

I normally start my day with a lovely, creamy, warm cup.

I pour the deep, dark liquid into my favorite mug. It makes that “filling the cup” noise. You know the one. Add a bit of coconut sugar and watch the cream dance, just below the surface.

I savor that first sip.

I stare blissfully in my cup, drifting on wisps of delicate white. I am infinite.

With coffee, of course.

As I set down my mug, ready to begin the day I notice two smiling toddler faces headed straight for me.

I panic.


I sigh.

Off to make another cup.

The rules of coffee are clear and unflinchingly rigid: no adulting before your coffee.

Mallory Shannon is a birth and postpartum doula in the Kansas City Metro area, wife and mother of two. She had every intent to leave until she and her husband moved their family downtown and fell in love with the city and the culture. Self-professed coffee addict and foodie, she enjoys all that the Kansas City food and coffee scene has to offer. When she isn't chasing down her one- and three-year-old, you'll find her hitting the Farmer's market, teaching and providing Kansas City's family centered birth and postpartum doula care. You can follow Northland Doula at, or on Instagram @northlanddoula.