I come from a long line of Irish-American tea drinkers. It has been a comfort as well as a great part of my joy and relaxation. A year ago, I found out that my mother’s heart was failing. There wasn’t much that the physicians could do. She was not strong enough to have open heart surgery or angioplasty.
Since I had not seen my mother in over 8 years, my heart led me home. You see, we live 14 hours away from each other. It was just around Christmas time and the weather in West Virginia was getting bleak. The forecast was calling for heavy snow. So, just to be close to Mama, I stayed with her at the retirement center instead of in a motel. (I had to sleep on the floor.)
My second night there, the snows came. We awoke to crisp, beautiful white purity covering everything in sight. Knowing that we couldn’t go anywhere, we decided to make it as wonderful as we could.
During the three weeks that I spent with Mama, we shared our memories of old times. We laughed. We cried, then laughed some more. All this joy and reminiscing started with a wonderful cup of Earl Grey Tea, just like when I lived at home. Now, every time I drink a cup of hot tea, wonderful memories of Mama flood my heart with joy.
Cheers to everyone at Bigelow for bringing good teas and wonderful moments; a history that I pass on to my children and my grandchildren.
Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham All tea leaves will eventually lose flavor, but properly stored dried tea leaves can keep their flavor for up to two years, depending on how fermented and intact the leaves are. Black tea leaves, for example, are more fermented than green or white teas, and will stay … Continue reading
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