“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
― William Ewart Gladstone
My day would not be complete without tea. For those of us who grew up in the South, iced tea was part of everyday life, but I did not start drinking hot tea regularly until about 14 years ago. I got really hooked on it when my British pen pal made me several cups one chilly, wet afternoon in 2001 after we’d been exploring Waltham Abbey and got chilled to the bone. Since then, my tea consumption has steadily increased, partly because I keep reading how healthy it is, and partly because my aging brain really adores the caffeine, but mostly because I simply love it.
I know green tea is supposedly more nutritious, but I prefer the taste of black tea, in all its magnificent flavors and variations. So I solve that problem by mixing green tea with black (steeping the black tea in boiling-hot water, as my British friend taught me, and then adding the green tea to steep after the water has cooled slightly). If I’m in a hurry or lazy, I’ll just mix the two loose teas together or use one teabag of each. And if I’m going to be home all day, I’ll fix two small pots, one of each, and just pour some of each into my huge tea mug, enjoying it throughout the day.
To tell the truth, tea is almost like a hobby for me, as well as my drink of preference. My favorite thing is to share a cup (or many cups) of tea with a friend, along with some good conversation. Wish we could share a cup right now! But as an alternative, leave me a mailing address in the comments (I’ll edit out your info before posting, and I won’t sell it – I promise!) and I’ll send you a tea bag from my embarrassingly large collection. Or just take a few minutes to sit down now with a nice cup, while you relax with the paper, a magazine or your favorite blogs. It’s a great way to make any day a little bit brighter!
p.s. if you request a teabag, let me know what kinds you like — herbal, decaf, fruit-flavored, Earl Gray, etc.
Read more about the health benefits of tea here
This post was originally published seven years ago today, but the offer of a free tea bag is still good. The original post and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below.