Monday, March 24, 2008

Tea-time With A Friend

"May I Pour You a Cup of Tea?" she offered as she set my teacup in front of me. Smiling as she held the matching teapot, ready to pour.

"Thank you," I replied. "This is such a nice idea. I really appreciate the effort you've made."

"Oh, my goodness. This is a pleasure. I've been wanting to visit for some time," she said.

I looked beyond my tea cup, now brimming with hot chamomile tea, at my beautiful amaryllis. It had opened all four blossoms yesterday. It seems a very hopeful sight at a time where I could certainly use it.

She caught my glance and noticed my amaryllis. "Oh, my. What a beauty. I've never seen such a tall amaryllis. And those blossoms... they're very unusual, aren't they? Have you had this plant long?"

I laughed. "I've been pretty amazed at it, too. I put it outdoors last Summer. It must have stored a lot of extra energy."

She smiled at me and asked, "Now, how are you doing?"

I paused. "I'm feeling very weak. And my hips hurt. I'm getting tired of lying around. I wish I could feel normal, again."

"I'm sure you do," she said. "How can I help you?"

"You are helping right now," I said. "I love that you're here. You're sharing yourself and your time... and your tea. I can offer my house, but You are offering your hospitali-tea. Thank you."


This is based on a true story. People, situations, and story reversed, changed and simulated. :-)

22 comments:

La Tea Dah said...

A lovely story, a comforting cup of tea, a beautiful flowering plant, and I hope you are feeling better!

Would you try posting with Mr. Linky again? I think you can delete and start over. For some reason it didn't 'take'. I found you by following your comment instead.

Thanks for being part of our blog-a-thon!

LaTeaDah

Shady Gardener said...

La-tea-dah, Thanks. Actually, I'm well. Just made it up, kind of. ;-)

I'll try Mr. Linky again.

Gina E. said...

Did you really just make that up? You should be a writer full time! It was a lovely little story, and the photo is in keeping with it - simple and peaceful.

ellen b. said...

Lovely story filled with thoughtfulness and comfort. Thank you for sharing...
http://happywonderer.wordpress.com/2008/03/24/tea-week-two-litera-tea/

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely story!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I'm glad you are joining the tea blog-a-thon! I enjoyed your story! I hope to post mine tomorrow.

Katherine

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Wonderful story about a shared tea time and the true meaning of hospitality. Thank you for sharing it!

Lana G! said...

That is a wonderful story! Wonderful idea for literatea!

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. This should be a in interesting blog-a-thon. ;-) Thanks to La-tea-dah.

Miss Sandy said...

Delightful story!

Shady Gardener said...

Miss Sandy, Thank you. :-)

Happy Dog House said...

How original. Enjoyed it.

You know, you might get more comments if you weren't blocking everyone other than Blogger users. I can't leave a comment that links to my blog because of the settings you have selected for your comments section. There'e info on the Gracious Hospitality blog about making changes if you decide to allow comments from those of us who don't use Blogger.

http://fireflynights.wordpress.com/

Valerie said...

Beautiful story. Time means a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Karla said...

Sweet story!

Grace Yaskovic said...

how beautiful is that story

Minnesota Kathi :) said...

What a beautiful story, very original, thank you for sharing.

Kathi :)

Shady Gardener said...

Dear Happy D.H., I had no idea. I'll check it out. Thanks. :-)

Valerie, You're so right. Thanks.

Karla, Grace and Minnesota Kathi,
Thank you for your encouraging comments.

GardenAuthor said...

Shady - Haven't visited this one, for a while... delightful story! ..Deb

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you, Deb.

Becky Sue said...

Such a nice photo and story, you write so well.
I do hope that whoever is the one not feeling so peppy, will be good as new, ASAP.
Love ya,
Becky

Shady Gardener said...

Becky, Thank you for you compliments! As far as her health... God alone knows the future; it always works for the good of those who love him. :-)

Becky said...

Hello again, I just wanted to let you know that Jeannie won the Tea Time Give Away and say THANK YOU for joining in the fun!
~Becky

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