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Y'all... I love pumpkin everything and I am not ashamed of it. Today is Halloween (YAY!), so today's blog post is going to be a little bit different. I'm going to share a funny story with you guys because I think you need we all need a little giggle in our lives and I think everyone can probably relate pretty well to this story.

A couple weeks ago I went to Starbucks with one of my best friends (for the sake of this story, you should know this best friend is a fella and he will remain nameless because apparently he is ashamed to be a pumpkin spice fan). The two of us were needing to catch up and when we were trying to decide on a coffee place he said - and I quote - "Lets go to Starbies, I'm tryna get a PSL." At the time, I didn't think twice about it.

When we arrived at said Starbucks at our agreed upon time, we start walking to go in and he says "ok, for real though, will you order me a PSL," as he hands me a gift card. You should know, we've had coffee together many times and he has never asked me to order his coffee for him.

Once we get inside, he gives me a look that quietly says "you know your mission," so I walk up to the counter to order two Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and my best friend basically runs away to "go find a seat."

I order our coffee, give the barista my name and go join him at what is now "our" spot. When I sit down, it finally clicks - he is ashamed of drinking a Pumpkin Spiced Latte... this is hilarious. So I silently stare at him for a minute; I can see the wheels turning in his head and he finally blurts out "if they call your name for the coffee, I'll go grab it BUT if they say 'two grande PSL's' you have to go get it." I break my silence and BUST out in laughter, "are you really that embarrassed?" I asked him.

Then he explains to me that, as a man, you lose your man-card when you roll up to a Starbucks and order a PSL. For that matter, if you're seen consuming anything pumpkin flavored, your man card has been revoked. Mind you, this is being told to me by the best, most chivalrous, kind man after God's heart. I think this is HILARIOUS.

Almost immediately after explaining this to me, the barista calls out "Kaitlin" (Or Caitlyn if they said it like it was spelled on our cups) and he pops up and grabs our coffee; being sure to grab our cups before they repeat the order. He sits back down and makes him self comfortable before taking a sip of his pipping hot Pumpkin Spiced Latte, as I sit in anticipation of his reaction.

"I haven't had one of these in about 3 years," he sighs, "it's a lot sweeter than I remember..." after his final remarks we drop the PSL vs. Man-Card conversation and move on to catching up. Honestly, I'm honored that he trusts me enough to get a PSL with him, without thinking his manliness would be questioned.

Guys, I tell you this to tell you... DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF YOUR PUMPKIN LOVE. I am one of you, I will never judge you for having something pumpkin flavored at every meal and snack. So many people have a prejudice against the delectable fall flavoring - the spice of life, I like to call it - PSL's get a bad wrap because they're so hyped up. But, they're only so hyped up and so anticipated because they're so delicious.

You may call me a basic white girl for starting my day with pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee along side of my pumpkin spice oatmeal (or cheerios or greek yogurt) but... have you tried it? I honesty think that pumpkin flavored things will be in Heaven year round, if you're craving a PSL in March, you'll be able to have it. But because we live in a fallen world, we only get it for like 4 months out of the year.

Ok... I should stop now, this is getting weird... long story short - treat yo self. Get a Pumpkin Spice Latte next time you're at Starbucks, hold your head high and thank me later. I respect you, pumpkin lovers.

by Kait, with love


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