the effect of kindness (see also: chookooloonks life list item #56, try 700 different blends of tea)
It was Tuesday afternoon, time to get the mail. I walked to our front door, and the first thing I saw was a small package. I'm not expecting a package. I looked at return address: it was from my friend, Tea.
I turned the package over. There was a note on the back, written in black Sharpie: "Shake first -- can you guess what it is?"
I shook the box. No clue.
I opened the box, and found three small paper bags. What in the...? I read the labels...
...tea! Tea from Tea!
A pretty postcard fell out of the box. "Some tea to warm you up," it said. "Know that I'm thinking of you."
I went straight to the kitchen, and stood on tiptoes and pulled my special teapot -- one that holds just enough for a couple of cups -- from the topmost cabinet. I filled the electric kettle with water, and turned it on.
I looked at each packet -- one was labeled "Immunity." Hmm, I thought. I read the ingredients: cardamom, lemongrass, ginger root, licorice root, black pepper, peppermint.
I ripped open the packet and inhaled the aroma. Heavenly.
Taking a teaspoon, I scooped the loose tea into the little wire basket in the teapot. After 7 minutes, I poured the tea in fancy little cup.
Then, I found a sunny spot in my kitchen, and sat down.
Happy Love Thursday, friends. And thanks, Tea. You made my week.
Image: Photographed with my Nikon D300, 50mm lens. aperture 1.4, shutter speed 1/100, ISO 200. I'm so grateful to my lovely friend for sending these lovely teas to me -- this was such a thoughtful gift, out of the blue. Also? This counts as number 5 on my life list quest to taste 700 different blends of tea -- only 695 more to go.
I better get crackin'.)