23 April, 2012
A to Z Challenge: T is for Tea
"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." --C.S. Lewis
No cozy reading day would be complete without a cup of hot tea by my side. Bonus points if it's in a tea cup, the day is gloomy, and it's chilly enough to warrant fuzzy socks and a blanket. Even without those things, however, tea is the fuel of my imagination.
I don't know for sure when it started, but somehow I never started the coffee-ever-morning routine - instead, I drink tea. Without it, I feel a little lost, maybe even a bit more grumpy than I usually would be. In the afternoon, I drink more tea. Always black tea, always with cream and sugar, usually in a tea cup.
Tea speaks comfort to me. It soothes the aches of the day, uplifts my mood, invigorates my imagination, and warms a part of me that didn't even know it was cold. In short, tea isn't just a physical action - it's a mental, emotional, and even spiritual unwind.
I think that's why it goes hand in hand with books. I try to carve out a special quiet time each day in which I can simply sit and read to my heart's content. I love books and I adore reading. Adding tea to the mix creates a haven in which I can concentrate on something outside of myself and my day.
Do you have a special component to your daily unwind?
P.S. Tea drinkers each have their favorite tea. Mine is Twinings Irish Breakfast. Any of the Twinings brand is superior but that one is my ultimate wind-down component. If you're not a tea drinker but would like to be, I'd point you in that direction.