Family Tree

Perhaps it’s time to revive this blog? Yesterday my sister challenged me to use each and every one of my teacups between now and St Patrick’s Day. “That’s six months”, she said. Which sounds reasonable enough, EXCEPT for that I have too many teacups and we’re putting the house on the market and If we sell I shall have to pack them all away in boxes! Oh, and she doesn’t want me to just USE them. No, there needs to be documentation, photos, a folder on Facebook, etc.

I was about to completely disregard her preposterous notion when the doorbell rang. It was my good friend and Co-Grandma, Alice. She had been visiting the grand babies over the weekend and was delivering a cast off car seat my daughter no longer needed. (I have a garage where cast off baby items wait for the day of a whopper of a garage sale!)

As I took the seat I noticed Alice was dressed as if for a tea party in a lovely pastel lace dress. “Are you coming from a party?”, I asked. “No. Just missed one”. She’d left work and hurried to the event but hadn’t arrived in time. Westward bound Miami traffic can do that. But lace and pearls called for an impromptu tea party!

So out came the key to the crystal cabinet and we selected two lovely cups. Alice chose one of my favorites, “The Greenwood Tree”, by Royal Albert,(featured in a previous blog posting) and I joined her in celebrating all things “tree” by choosing a version of Aynsley’s birch tree. Its a beautiful minty lime green, with gold scroll patterns on the outside and saucer, with the birch trees tucked inside the cup.

We drank green ginger tea and talked about children and mothers and fathers and grandchildren, literally the family tree. Life with such a teatime companion is sweet.