Tea, the friendship-builder. Tea, the networking tool.
I can’t begin to count the friendships I’ve made through tea. Instead, I’m going to mention a couple of significant ones, and note that I thoroughly enjoyed hosting the tea swaps, meeting so many tea lovers, and making new friends.
To clarify, I’m not sure how many people I’ve actually MET through tea related things, but it’s amazing how a shared love of tea has deepened many connections in my life.
Because I never pulled out my camera while we were together, I don’t have a photo of Ruth. I could steal one from her, but I won’t. I can however, remind you of the tea she brought me when we met in person! Tea, dogs, books, knitting, and a friendship was born. We’ve shared one cuppa’ in person, and countless more as we email, read each other’s blogs and chat on Facebook almost daily!
I was thoroughly spoiled in one tea swap by Nannette. Just because life gets in the way and we don’t chat regularly doesn’t mean I don’t still think of Nannette. The garden flag she gave me still graces the back deck.
I believe tea swaps introduced me to Holly too, and as tea tends to do, I then got to know her sister Lacey. (I have the flowering teas in my car, and next week when MJ is back in the office some, I’ll be able to get things shipped!) They’re both kind, thoughtful, talented women and maybe one day, life will let us share a cuppa’ in person.
While I could go on all day, I’ll close by mentioning Wendy. I’m not sure which swap brought us together, but she’s shared a lot of tea with me, in person and by mail. In fact, I can’t recall a time we’ve gotten together she hasn’t handed me some new tea finds to try. (Now THAT is a true tea friend!)
I couldn’t begin to list all the friendships I’ve made through tea, whether tea brought us together or not. Please know that if I didn’t mention you, I still adore you and appreciate the teas you’ve shared with me!
Tea is a special part of so many of my friendships, all the way back to my toddler days, when a neighbor lady took on my mother and insisted I could – WOULD – have a proper tea with her. There’s just something cementing about sitting down with a cuppa’ and another person… if they aren’t a friend when you plop down, they will be before the last sip!
Thanks again Ruth, for continuing this Hot Tea Month tradition. Sip on!