It has been a thing of the past, present and future. What could be better than coffee and
conversation? My mother always talked of coffee klatschs with her friends and her mother before her. I guess I’m now part of the womanly tradition and damn proud of it!
The definition for coffee klatsch is: (partial translation of German Kaffeeklatsch : Kaffee, coffee + Klatsch, gossip; see klatch.] German coffee klatch or coffee klatsch or kaf·fee·klatsch http://img.tfd.com/m/sound.swf (kf-klch, -kläch, kôf-) n A casual social gathering for coffee and conversation.
I met my women’s group this morning for “Monday Morning Coffee”and what a pleasure it was. To sit, chat and enjoy breakfast and coffee at the same time is perfect. To catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and reminisce, advise and converse is the usual for the “club”.
I do not think men gab quite the same we women do. Perhaps they have a bonding moment or two while watching a football game or baseball game, but I don’t think it’s quite the same. When I’ve had the pleasure (?) to attend one of these game-get-togethers, as usual it is the women sitting in groups chatting. The men are usually swilling beer and involved in the game . . . except for the occasional high-fives, fist-bumps and yells they are kind of in their own world.
This may not be true for all men, so please, men readers don’t get annoyed or offended if you happen to be one of the few men who are more on the talkative side. I just think men as a whole do not want to get in-touch with their feelings and chew them over with one another like a woman does. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just a different perspective for woman. We like to talk, solve problems out loud with each other, cajole each other, encourage each other and just bond with talk.
Perhaps it goes all the way back to the days when men were the hunters and women were the gatherers. There are scientific results showing perhaps men’s far-sight is much better and women’s near-sight is superior, attributed to men looking long distances for the animals to hunt. Woman as a whole, the gatherers needed and used their close-up vision which seems to be better looking close, for roots, berries and nuts.
Well, I’m stating it here, perhaps another thing attributed to the Hunter/Gatherer past could be the need and talent for women to chat, kibbitz and converse while they gathered and cooked. Men’s excuse for NO NEED to chat, is they needed to be silent during the hunt, thus that part of their brain never grew! So now the great mystery is solved!
Now we woman can go on enjoying our need for talk and understand their need for reticence and quiet!
What do you think?
(C) Written by Evelyn Garone 9/19/11