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Gathering Places

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Children at Play

Gathering Place

Not everyone drinks coffee or tea at coffee shops. These shops, both small mom-and-pop and corporate, have become gathering places for conversation, study groups, romantic meetings and business deals. It’s a place for perking up in the morning and relaxing in the afternoon. People will go out to eat then stop for a coffee and conversation before going home. If you find a favorite one you will find yourself building a community of fellow coffee drinkers. I have a accumulated a family of friends from visits to these shops. Some of those will be life long friendships. Yep, coffee shops are a gathering place.

For these children it’s also a time to play. I  like the comparison of the mother in the background talking with her hands while the children are playing a game with their hands.


Written by Monte Stevens

June 16, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. I wonder what game these two children are playing since he has her shoes on his hands and she appears to think that’s very funny.

    I agree, I think small neighborhood coffee or even sandwich shops are interwoven into the social fabric of many communities.


    June 16, 2009 at 5:03 am

  2. Great capture. I recently started a Flickr group called Caffeinated Conversations where people can add coffee and conversation photos from gathering places. You’re welcome to join.


    June 16, 2009 at 10:32 am

  3. Good capture Monte, they really look like they’re having fun.
    Coffee shops are one of my favorite places to check out when I’m in a new town. Love the neighborhood ones, very personal and intimate. TFS.


    June 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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