April 06, 2018
Why I love tea?
I am a recovered coffee drinker. I have not relapsed in years.
At one time, years ago, not too many actually, I started my day with a big, strong cup of java. It jolted me awake and got me darting about the house before everyone else was up. The trouble with coffee is that if I drank too much, I felt jittery and even down right anxious. If I didn't get enough sleep the night before, the coffee made me feel all the worse.
Addiction too. If I didn't have my cup of joe by 9am, then I would be in the throes of a wicked migraine by 10am.
One morning there was no coffee in the house. I panicked. If I didn't get enough caffeine I would be saddled with a headache. A bad one. So, in search of any caffeinated relief, I reached for an unopened tin of loose tea, swag from a baby shower. A SriLankan and Indian blend. A classic orange pekoe. I rummaged through the cupboard and found a strainer, tossed a rounded teaspoon of loose tea in, and submerged it in the boiled water of my tea cup for a good four minutes.
A small sip. It was hot and I thought it would taste awful and it . . . didn't. So, I sat on the couch, stared out the picture window at about 5:45am while my cup silently steamed. Street lights glowed faintly as the sun peered up at the horizon. I took another sip and it reminded me of being a kid of 12 years and my first sip of dark, reddish black tea that was tannic, strong, but somehow fair and honest like my grandfather who took my brother and I fishing at the country stream that early morning long ago.
My mind moved aimlessly from there through the rooms and attics of my life and then I noticed something slowly change. With this cup of tea in my hand, I was calmer than any cup of coffee could ever make me. I was not hurried. I was in a word: relaxed.
Now, I start every morning with a cup of good robust tannic tea. I am not as hurried. I am more pensive. I am a better person for having forsaken the coffee bean in favor of the tea leaf.
That's why I love tea!
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