The Cup That Cheers

I can’t remember a time when there has been a drama in my life and a cup of tea hasn’t been on hand to console me. In fact, tea is one of my mother’s cure-alls along with mothballs and TCP antiseptic. There’s something soothing about it and for some reason it always tastes better in a bone china cup and saucer even though being a cack-handed Carrie I’m always holding my breath & struggling not to drop or smash my mother’s finest Royal Doulton. There’s something very reassuring about a cup of tea; a bit like a hot bath on the inside or wearing your oldest and most favourite sweater.

Let’s be honest it was buckets of tea that got me through the Serial Shagger saga and subsequent indignities. I’m not denying that there weren’t a shedload of cocktails thrown in for overall fortification but ultimately it was my good friends Earl & Lady Grey that were on hand to provide comfort during the humiliating ordeal of being jilted.

When I was in Turkey, tea or çay was more than just a drink it was a social invitation to sit, share the company of another soul, engage in conversation and watch the world go by. It was considered impolite not to accept the hand of friendship being extended to you and declining the invitation may have been considered an insult by some. The Turkish pride themselves on their hospitality and with very good reason; seldom will you leave a Turkish home without having partaken in a meal of some sort. They enjoy sharing their food with guests, their home produce and laughter. Rarely have I ever left Turkish hosts where I wasn’t just taking away a sated appetite but a lesson in graciousness together with some new friends.

Come & share a pot of tea, my home is warm, my friendship’s free

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23 thoughts on “The Cup That Cheers

  1. I’m coming over for tea! And yes, tea in a china cup and saucer tastes and feels like I am embracing a tradition that has served generations of people. After a brisk walk in winter, coming home to tea and toast is heaven.

    “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” Thich Nat Hahn

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  2. I used to think it was only the British who were into their tea, but after travelling the world, I’ve realised this isn’t the case. Your remarks about being nervous of breaking the Royal Doulton, reminded me of Mrs. Bucket’s next door neighbour in ‘Keeping up Appearances.” I loved that series. 🙂

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  3. Yes it’s strange how a cup of tea is the first thing people turn to or offer when things go wrong. Something warm and comforting about it. With regard to the Serial Shagger Saga … cannot wait to read more about it what happened next in beautiful Turkey!

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