Tea: a Simple Foundation of Life

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 23rd Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The texture of my foundation is transmutable. A strange way to start a piece, I know, but it was the word that came to me as I began to make my first cup of tea of the morning. In America the beverage of choice is coffee, but for many Canadians such as myself, tea, the antecedent of our British heritage, is the beverage of choice.

Introduction

Today, I purposely linger over the teabag before I introduce it to the hot steaming water. It is a wonder how a little square paper package containing this heavenly brew can mean so much to me.

My connection to tea

I examine the packaging, a rough porous paper, though I am not sure what it is, resembles cheesecloth and also rice paper, but I will leave that aspect up to the chemists of the world to decipher. For now I am content just to look at this paper and to drink in the wonderful aroma of the tea that is within.

For the first time I notice a little design crafted onto the paper. The paper at first glance, appears strong almost sterile, yet it is not, it is multifaceted, a metaphor for life. Strength and gentleness, sterility and beauty are contained within the same packaging.

I remember as a young child, I was very nervous around people I did not know. My fear and anxiety extended beyond the home to my elementary school years. I was so nervous I used to vomit every morning before going to school. My stomach was always queasy. I could not eat breakfast. I would bring it back up. My grandmother tried everything and the only thing that I kept down was tea. So from the tender age of six-years-old, I became an avid tea drinker.

I am strong, I am woman!

Just like British children, a continent away, this Canadian girl depended upon the rich, strong, robust flavor of tea as her daily beverage of choice. For me, tea meant comfort, security, love, and a way to help me battle the fears of the day.

I return to the present and drop my tea bag into the hot steamy water. Today more than ever, I yearn for its homey flavour and for the magical properties that transform my life.
I remember the famous words of Eleanor Roosevelt, the great American first lady who said,

" A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water."

I revel at how true these words really are for me. I was a child who was very afraid of the world, my daily cup of tea, made me strong; it helped me to deal with the overwhelming pressures of the school day.

Today I am battling some very heavy issues, which at quick glance seem as insurmountable as those of my childhood. But like the tea bag, I do get stronger in hot water. I do transform from a frightened child to a self confidence woman who can take on the issues of life as they come to me. Like Eleanor Roosevelt, and my beloved grandmother, I know that my foundation is solid, my experiences have taught me well and I am brave enough, strong enough, and courageous enough to handle all that life offers me.

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Breakfast Beverages, Cup Of Tea, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hot Tea, Tea, Tea Bags

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar brendamarie
24th Mar 2015 (#)

I love tea myself, I drink it all of the time. Great article

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author avatar Retired
24th Mar 2015 (#)

Oooh! Tea. One of my favorite things in the world. Peppermint and earl grey are my favorites, but I never met a tea I didn't like.

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author avatar Marie Lowe
24th Mar 2015 (#)

I love tea :)

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author avatar WOGIAM
24th Mar 2015 (#)

You go girl, i like the quote about women being like teabags, i am one strong original flavoured tea bag and good for me as i love my cuppa.

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Mar 2015 (#)

I guess it is our British heritage but I too love my tea! Sadly tea did not help me get over my fear of strangers or of school at the time. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
25th Mar 2015 (#)

I like that quote of Eleanor's, but I really am not too much of a tea fan, other than iced..You do have a way words.

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author avatar Retired
31st Mar 2015 (#)

Great post!

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