Today I received a set of cups with saucers for Turkish coffee from Terri. This in turn reminded me of one of the favorite past times in my native country: reading your fortune on coffee grounds. I am sure you are immediately thinking of gypsies. Although there is a large gypsy, Roma, population in my country, this reading fortune business is not exclusive to them. It's in every household. Sometimes three times a day. Excessive? Well, at this point you probably should not trust my observations, because I have not been or lived in Macedonia in the last 16 years. But I still occasionally engage in reading my fortune simply out of boredom.
The set from Terri.
Menagerie of cups I own for Turkish Coffe.
I am not exactly sure of the moment I started drinking coffee, but it was probably in my teens when I started having 'crushes' on boys. My fortune had to be read, don't you get it, just to make sure that all is well with my 'crush'.
I never believed in the fortune lies I was told, but it was fun to do. I don't even think that anything I was ever told came true even by a mere chance. But then there were no professionals reading my fortune, just my girlfriends. Some of them were known to be very good fortune readers. I tried to learn, but I really wasn't good at it. Probably because I am a terrible liar. At my bachelorette party over 10 years ago someone even gave me a book on fortune reading, specifically on coffee grounds.
When I was young I was not allowed to drink coffee (but I could drink beer, and I got drunk at age 4. More about this in a different post). There was actually a myth to scare off young kids from drinking coffee. It was said that a young person who drinks coffee or tastes the coffee grounds left on the bottom of the cup after the liquid is gone (Turkish coffee is not filtered) will grow a tail. Yes, precisely, a tail on your butt. On days where I'd sneak a sip or a taste of the grounds, I'd go to bed at night feeling my behind for any tail growth. It was such a relief when I wouldn't feel any traces of a tail growing.