For about 5 months I lived with her and her husband in Boulder, Colorado. Her husband was a professor at a Colorado university and my mother, a recovering hereon addict and housewife. They lived a simple upper middle class life. Believe it or not, they didn't even own a television. Not because they couldn't afford one, but because books ruled their household.
|My mother with a book and a cup of tea...|
Each evening we would grab a book and a cup of tea, descend on the living room and sip and read. It was a simple uncomplicated way for she and I to bond. Her life had been plagued by years of addiction and mine by years of abuse. Books and Tea became our spiritual connection. Very few words were spoken back then, but for sure this ritual spoke to our souls.
At the end of those five months she and her husband moved out of the country, I came back to Chicago to begin life on my own yet again, but for sure, I took the ritual of tea with me. Over the years I started experimenting with different teas. I learned that each tea flavor spoke to the moment that I was seeking. From a brisk black tea to jump start me in the morning to a chamomile to soothe and calm in the evening.
Just try it! Start in the evening after a long day and experience the pleasure that comes in a simple tea cup. Happy New Year! Happy Cuppa!
Tea Ball Give Away! I am giving away 5 of my handmade Tea Balls. One Tea Ball each week for the month of January. Special design! Leave a comment on any Tea with Rae post this month on why you like tea or about your favorite tea and the best comments will win! The winner will be announced every Thursday!
Post Script: I will be blogging all month about tea and there after my weekly Tea Reviews will again be a permeant fixture on my blog. Hopefully I will get some tea give always from tea companies. But you have to show interest so they will say yes.. Always use my Hashtag #TeaWithRae when you tweet me about tea. Xoxoxo