Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Reflections from Friendship Tea

Picture 25 women getting together for fun, tea and delicious goodies. Each one brings along a mug or tea cup that has a story to tell. Our host has homemade chai cooking on the stove. Sweet bite size delicacies are artistically arranged on the plates. Everything is ready.

Chai ingredients
Hugs are offered and received. Women are showing off their mugs and cups as they make their way to the eating and fellowship area. I too get my chai and cookies. I sit down to listen to the conversation. Here are a few stories that I heard:

-Soon after my divorce, my daughter gave me this mug; to remind us that we can do it. 


-My husband and I were climbing Mount Monadnock, and suddenly the weather changed. We were not sure if we would even make it down. We had not even told anyone where we were. When we got down safely, we bought this mug so that we would remember!
-My daughter gave me this Thomas Kinkade mug. See how it has some windows that have light and others that are dark. Well, all the windows in the mug are supposed to light up when you put warm or hot liquid in it. Unfortunately, I wasn't careful enough and washed it in the dishwasher; now some of the windows stay dark all the time. Nevertheless, it is special because my daughter gave it to me!

-One of my friends bought this cup for me on my birthday or Christmas a few years ago. She knew that I liked Mary Engelbreit, so she gave me her "TIME FOR TEA" cup. I love it!!!!!!! Isn't it wonderful to have friends who care enough to get you a gift that makes you happy!

-I have been collecting tea cups for a long time. It probably started with my relatives who came from England. They were always so proper with their teas.

-I am Polish decent. That is why I love Polish stoneware. This is one of my mugs. We all just had to stop and admire her cup. It really was beautiful! 
 www.polishstoneware.com

There were so many other stories as well! When everyone was leaving, I already heard the question; "When is the next tea?" The next day, I heard similar questions by women who were not able to come to the tea this time. We as women, really have a need to connect and share. And when done over tea, even better.
If you haven't had the chance to read Stacey's post about friendships, you can  find it here. Take some time to enjoy the friendships that you have in your life! And always, always, be open to new friendships!
Have you had a chance to connect with friends lately?


12 comments:

  1. Tea + friends + stories = wonderful time.
    Tomorrow I will go to movies with one of my friends. May-be will have a cup of tea after that.

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    1. Cup of tea with friends--always worth it!

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  2. What a lovely time was had by all...and lives and stories shared and celebrated, too. Good for all of you that you have this companionship ritual to look forward to.

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    1. And many more that did not get written about....

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  3. What a fun idea to bring your mug and share its story! Thanks for retelling the stories and including the pictures, too. Maybe during March I'll tell the stories of one of my mugs...but only if a can get a few friends to join in.

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    1. Look forward reading the story of your mug!

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  4. I love the stories behind your mugs! This kind of post is my favorite thing about slices of life -- seeing how ordinary things tell our stories. Thanks for sharing this piece of your life!

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  5. Cups are special to me, too. I enjoyed your short stories of other cup lovers.

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  6. What a great idea! I loved all the stories behind the mugs!

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    1. Thanks Carol! I wish I had heard even more stories!

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