Some time ago, Mrs. Duffy over at lettermatters.com posted an interesting question . She wanted to know if anyone had any particular rituals that involved our letter writing experience. I am sorry to say that I did not leave a comment, but it did get me thinking about my own rituals.
Most of my domestic rituals involve tea. I absolutely love tea in almost any shape or form. I even have particular mugs I drink from at certain times of the day. My green recycle mug is for the AM (it is LARGE). I use an old Christmas mug for my green tea in the PM, I sometimes substitute with my Kincade mug if I can't locate the old Christmas one. I also have a bone china tea cup collection that is displayed in my antique pie safe. Sometimes, when I need a bit of elegance...I carefully select a REAL tea cup. Each one of these lovelies have a story of their own.
- But here is where the real RITUAL begins...
When I want "Five Minutes Peace"( and ok, I really want more than 5 minutes!) (that is the title of a delightful children's picture book) (akkk! I know it isn't proper to have all of these parentheses!!!!!)... and I want to enjoy my beautiful mail ...peacefully, I enjoy the ritual of selecting one of my tea pots from my collection and brewing an aromatic pot of tea. In the fall and winter time, I slip on a tea cosy to keep it warm, I then place this pot on a tray, with a little treat of biscotti, or some other cookie or whatever treat I might have hidden, I might add--you don't birth and raise 10 children and not know how to hide things! I then continue on up to my bedroom, close the door and enjoy my tea party of 3...me, myself and my letters! Ahh...total relaxation. I have managed to enjoy this ritual , even with a house of rambunctious children. Yes, there would be the wiggling fingers under the door...and their pitiful cries, of "mommy!"but to no avail... I was determined to have my bit of ritual. I needed the renewal that the steaming pot of hot tea offered. I understood what Mrs. Elephant needed, so that she could keep on giving to her little ones.
This book, by the way, is a mandatory read for all you young mommies out there who need your batteries recharged!
I no longer have little fingers poking under the door frame...but I still need my bit of ritual. What about you? Dear Reader, I invite you to share your "get alone to read my letters" ritual here! Please leave a comment or send me a write up of your ritual and I will share this with the readership!
And one last thing. Would you mind very much if I shared periodically on Tuesdays, my tea obsessions along with letters? You wouldn't have to worry about me being a tea snob, because , well, I'm not. I just think that tea and letters are a great combo! And do let me hear from you as well!
Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have left the vulgar stuff alone.