Oooh! I found another blog theme I want to participate in! LaTeaDah at Gracious Hospitality is hosting a tea-themed meme with a different topic each week through May. I missed the first week, but she said it was okay to join late… and the theme of the second week is right down my alley, so I’m going to jump in with “Litera-Tea”– tea from the perspective of literature.
One of my all-time favorite authors is L.M. Montgomery who wrote the Anne of Green Gables books. The stories are set during the era when afternoon tea was a daily ritual. I love the chapter where Marilla (Anne’s guardian) tells Anne she may invite her “bosom friend,” Diana, over for tea while Marilla is out for the day. If you know Anne, you’ll remember how excited she was…
“I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring out the tea,” said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically. “And asking Diana if she takes sugar! I know she doesn’t but of course I’ll ask her just as if I didn’t know. And then pressing her to take another piece of fruit cake and another helping of preserves. Oh, Marilla, it’s a wonderful sensation just to think of it. Can I take her into the spare room to lay off her hat when she comes? And then into the parlor to sit?”
–Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery