Perhaps you'll be able to ask him again soon, Megan, and share your love of coffee once more. A little hope might just be on the horizon, and this 'new normal' rubbish we're being told to accept can do the evaporating.
Great piece of writing Megan. Normal can be subjective, and we measure so much by the word.
As humans we need words, that describe something sort of understandable. 'New normal' is a evolution in many respects.