There is no trouble so great or grave it cannot be much diminished by a cup of tea.” -Bernard-Paul Heroux
For me, a cup of tea has always been one of life’s greatest comforts.
It stands forever untarnished as a tangible representation of all the finer things in life; an object which can only be characterized by good qualities and somehow leaves the bad in its vapors.
Growing up in a semi- British household, tea was a necessity one simply didn’t do without. It was a staple, right up there with breathing and brushing your teeth. The phrase, “Time for Tea!” rang through the walls of my childhood home as commonly as “Time for school!” or “Time for Bed!” It took the trump card over any scheduled meeting, event, or sports game. The world-or my world- would always stop for a cup of tea.
My mother always said that tea is good for the soul. Its flavor is distinct but not dominating- just enough to let your mouth know that something wonderful is happening to you. A splash of milk and a drop of sugar mixed with the bitter black tea leaves strike a perfect balance between strong and sweet. On a great day, a cup of tea celebrates with me. The warmth of the cup seeps through my hands and runs throughout my bones in triumph. On a bad day, a cup of tea consoles me, its soothing liquid reminding me that good days will in fact return. It is as good as the hug of a dear friend.
That’s the other thing about tea- it can of course, be indulged in alone, but is almost always more delightful when partaken in the presence of others. Some of the most rich and full conversations I can recall have taken place when the kettle whistles and the tea is poured. With a cup of tea comes a flood of memories -of laughter, of family, of joy, of sweetness, and of good company- all of which have made up the very core of who I am.
And so, tea has never been as much a drink as a character in my life- bringing with it the warmth of a dear friend and the comfort of a favorite blanket.
This site is my virtual cup of tea. Its pages are steeped in warm memories and rich discovery. It is my journey of joy in all aspects of life: in making home, in marriage, in cooking, in struggles, in faith, and whole living. Like the tea I so enjoy, I hope the taste it leaves with you will encompass all that is rich and full and good- but that is for you to decide.
So take a few minutes and sip through these pages. If you find it’s to your taste, grab your perfect cuppa’ and stay a while!
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” -Henry James