The only thing on my mind while driving home from work today was how tired I felt and how badly I needed a cup of tea to wake me up. I yawned most of the way and nearly fell asleep while waiting for a light to turn.
Nah, there’s nothing wrong with me. It’s just that sometimes I feel so beat at the end of the school day and to help wake myself up, I have a cup of tea around 3 in the afternoon.
Today, I forgot to have my tea.
I was really feeling it on the ride home, and the gently falling rain wasn’t helping matters any. Pulling into the driveway, I saw George come bounding from the backyard to greet me. And when I went inside, the first thing I noticed was how wonderful the place smelled. As I entered the kitchen, I saw my husband pulling a tray of just-baked cookies from the oven, and the kettle on the stove was beginning a slow whistle and I said out loud “it’s so good to be home”.
I went upstairs to get changed, and when I came back down, this is what was waiting for me.
I hugged my husband and told him I loved him and he laughed and told me that I only love him for his coffee and tea making skills.
It’s not always like this at my house. Sometimes my husband is in a bad mood, or he doesn’t feel well, or he’s mad at me for God only knows what, but today he was just what I needed: A cookie-making, dishwashing, dinner making, laundry folding, tea brewing man.
And that’s how I like him.
And this is how I like my tea. Apologies to those who have read this before, but I really enjoy the simple pleasure of taking my tea in this cup. It just feels special. And although I’ve searched high and low for it online to share it with you, I can’t find it. I do know that it’s Burton & Burton and was made in China.
I love all the little embellishments like the gold edging and the hand-painted gold highlighting on the dragonflies.
And with that, my friends, I think I’ll leave you now and tell you “until tomorrow, then . . . “
Do you have a favorite cup?
UPDATE: Thank you to Gaelen, who has miraculously found this tea cup online, in a teapot-for-one version. It's called 'Morning Meadow'. [link] What a nice surprise.