Poetry and fine sentiment
“There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I agree with Emerson. Beyond the delicious taste and health benefits, tea provides a pleasant daily ritual that requires pausing for at least a moment or two in preparation, and hopefully a few more minutes of pure enjoyment, even if one is sipping in the midst of other tasks. Those little miniature breaks in the work day can provide a real mental boost that isn’t limited to whatever caffeine may kick in.
So many varieties of tea come in attractive packaging that complements its refined nature, and this adds to the delight I find in collecting different flavors. The artistry of the tins and boxes adds to the poetic appeal. As to sentiment, I am fortunate to have a collection that has come from many different friends and loved ones, and each time I indulge in a cup of tea that was generously given to me by a person close to my heart, it’s as if they are paying me a quick visit, saying hello across the miles by providing me with a few minutes of joy in my everyday life. My tea cupboard is chock-full of happy sentiment!
Tea has been around for centuries, and I think the traditions associated with it across so many cultures indicate that it must have been a favored gift for as long as people have been enjoying it. I imagine that Emerson had his share of memories linked to tea shared among friends, whether it was given to him as leaves for brewing, or as a steaming cup of hospitality on a chilly New England day.
As I am writing this, the weather has gone gloomy and overcast, which sets the perfect tone for writing a post about my favorite beverage. I invite you to join me in a few moments of fine sentiment as you sip a leisurely cup of whatever flavor suits you best. Feel free to wax poetic — or simply chatty — in the comments below. Santé!