The prompt for today’s December Reflections from Susannah Conway is Hot Drink.
It was a very easy prompt for me today because, well, tea…..(!)
The world, and it’s madness, stops for me around 3 every afternoon as I put the kettle on and prepare my favourite mug to receive my afternoon cup of tea.
[It has to be my favourite mug otherwise it just doesn’t taste quite right somehow]
Preferably Earl Grey but when the Earl has done a runner (!), I make do with any black tea.
Steeped for two to three minutes so it’s strong but not stewed.
A generous swish of milk so it’s nice and milky.
I take it to my favourite spot on the settee and there I sit, biscuits and tea by my side, the world stopped, momentarily, as I just savour my cup of tea, sip by lovely sip.
[The littles know not to disturb me when it’s my tea time]
I feel myself getting calmer with every sip, the stresses of the day disappearing as I dunk my biscuits.
Time stills and slows as I feel the stresses release.
A cup of tea.
Not a momentous or particularly grand event, but one that deserves it’s own small celebration.
[I understand why the Japanese developed a whole ceremonial ritual around tea!]
What makes your world stop? What do you savour?