My tea cup is white
And the word tea is written on it
Just in case I forget what it’s for
It has a rounded bottom which is pleasant to hold
Especially to warm my fingers on days that are cold
Many times when I pick up this tea cup
I’m transported to my youth in Vancouver
I taught English and this cup was the one
That sat on my desk during those years
I taught immigrants
I taught international students
And all the while my tea cup kept me company
Ready for when it was needed
This tea cup is around thirty years old
It has been with me in the various countries and cities
I have lived in
It has witnessed many things
It is one of the constants in all the changes in my life
Let’s have some tea!
January 10th, 2022
What is it about drinking tea that is so soothing?
Especially when drunk in the company of a friend?
Is it the aroma of a lovely tea chosen with care?
Is it the warmth of tea felt all inside as one drinks it?
Is it the conversation that one can’t rush?
All of the above perhaps and much more!
Tea brings people together in a beautiful way
It’s a binding agent!
It communicates love!
It says I have time to make you some tea and
Sit and drink it with you as we chat!
It means I’m giving you attention
I’m happy to serve you
For all these things, offering someone tea
Is one of the loveliest things one can do!
Also, this tradition runs in my veins as a Persian girl
Offering tea, one of the first things one does when friends come over
It’s a warm welcome, a warm hug in liquid form!
July 4th, 2014
Tea room in Hudson!