It's nearly eight-thirty and I've been awake for four hours. The kettle (the modern electric type that automatically shuts off) has 'ticked' off and I'm about to steep my first cup of tea for the day.
(Please give me a moment while I lightly pour the hot water over my dry leaves. Taiwan Black Tea!)
With my brew in hand I descend into a wonderfully peaceful and soothing fifteen minutes of pure bliss. Off in the distance beyond my dust-filled window I see smokestacks belching out the morning exhaust from the plentiful number of buildings that dot the skyline around mid-Toronto. Just a few feet behind me I hear the pitter-patter of my 12-month old son as he rushes from toy to toy, while tiptoeing around our two family dogs. (Not the picturesque cottage country view that I long for, but I'm content with my surroundings.)
This morning is one of those typical Tuesday mornings. People of the city rumble down the main arteries on their way to their offices, shops, schools, places of work and so on. Cold and windy on the streets, there is a sense of warmth and calm that accentuates each and every word that is written onto the screen before me.
Without my bowl of freshly brewed tea (I like to switch between traditional tea cups and bowls) I would feel a sense of loss - perhaps nakedness. The all encompassing aroma, the thought-provoking taste and the immediate pleasure that comes from that very first sip lasts for a handful of minutes. The second, third and fourth steeps carry me through the rest of the day and beyond.
I'm a lover (and I don't use that word loosely) of Tea that spans the globe. Taiwan, my first and most heartfelt love, Chinese, Indian, S. African and so many other teas have many wonderful stories wrapped up in each and every leaf it's hard to imagine a more imaginative delicacy than that of the tea leaf.
And as the early morning hours bleed into that ringing bell of the stock market opening (I trade.) and a meeting scheduled for 10 A.M. with a local tea shop (I share, too.), I'm reminded of why I have come to enjoy drinking tea: it's ability to help gradually bring my thoughts together, bring forward my awareness and focus and give forth the guidance I need to make this Tuesday (and all other days) one of fulfillment and achievement.
What sense of pleasure and enjoyment does tea bring to your day? I would love to understand and appreciate your love for tea through your own words. Please leave a message in the Comment box below.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”