Yesterday I told you about pencils from friends. Today I write of tea with a friend.
Tea is on that great list of things that can make any situation more enjoyable. Whether it is simply something to share over conversation, or you are sharing it with a buddy in a war torn foreign land, there is always a place for tea. Janet brought me a bag of “Afghani Chai” from the Boston general store. She also brought me a very beautiful wire tea strainer.
I am always deeply moved when my friends are happy to have found something that they think that I would enjoy because they know of my obsessions. It makes me wish I was better at finding little things for people on my travels. Then I realize that I do get to share with my friends. When they come over they are promptly served the tea or coffee of their choice made by me. If they take an interest in the pencils they are sent home with a couple of lovelies. Even if they are paying for a bag of pencils from my travels I stick blackwings on top of it just because it is the best I have to give. Tea can make any situation better, but the only thing that can make tea better is the company you drink it with. I cannot wait to serve this to Janet.
When I make tea, like everything else, it has a process a ritual I enjoy following. Sometimes if there is time I enjoy breaking out the moleskine notebook tea journal and using my poor skills to fully evaluate that tea.
- Anytime my wife and I sit quietly with a cup.
- Sitting with Robert Penvose on our fob being served the local brew at an Iraqi cafe.
- The thermos full of tea on cold army mornings.
- Serving cups by the half dozen to my friends when it is my turn to host tabletop game night.
- Tea with the boys on poker night, there is nothing Devon cannot appreciate.
- My grandmothers sweet tea every time I’m home.
- Recreating the Iraqi brew for a professor and classmates.
- My constant companion of the thermos accompanying my during my current adventure called college.
The list grows. Sit down with a friend, share a cup, and don’t forget to warm the pot.
Hrolf the ganger.