And Other Classic Creature Comforts—
Even though I always look forward to my steaming hot cup of French pressed dark roast first thing in the morning, no matter how long I might try to make the moment last, coffee is typically more of a get-going drink. Tea, on the other hand, is steeped in timeless traditions that extend an inviting command to linger. To settle in with your beloved puppy, kitty, pillow, and/or blankie, no matter how old or young you might be. To read, write, knit, ponder, listen to music, chat with a friend, or simply stare out the window—none of which can or should be rushed. No wonder we love putting on the kettle for that reviving break in the middle of the afternoon.
"Take Time Out with Tea", continued:
Tea time provides us with a life supporting pause button, that chance to step back and let go of limits. To breathe deep, rise and release. It's a collectively cultured sigh, a reconnecting cure-all. Apparently no matter what, "What you need is a nice cup of tea." Even on this side of the pond, that practiced advice is an echo of the similarly age-old prescription for a change of air. It's also wise preventive medicine. Because regularly taking time out in the good company of soothing tea and sympathy will give you the natural lift in a refreshed perspective, a way to warm cold hands or feet, help mend a broken heart, listen to the silence, and/or indulge in a riotous gossip, while also satisfying any tummy rumblings—all of which are primal needs crying out to be met.
So whether you might most long to reach out for soft savory finger sandwiches, melty cheese bites, buttered toast and jam, tea biscuits, tiny fruit tartlets, crispy nut cookies or slices of moist cake to accompany your nice (or naughty) cuppa, rest assured that taking tea is full of grace. It's a tried and true recipe for lasting happiness with yourself and anyone else you choose to share this precious time with. So...
Sit, Down, Stay!
What a good girl.
Bon Appetit et Bonne Vie!
Kay (and Maggie B.)