I am Ladybird
A robin by name, but a crane by spirit. I have never seen a crane in its natural environs, but have been drawn to them for years. Their graceful form, their symbolism in many cultures, and their plight to survive calls to me.
As I begin my search for the perfect cup of tea, I am thinking more and more of this gracefully resilient bird – a symbol of longevity. I am embracing health and longevity myself and want to share my journey of tea with you and others.
Tea and Me
Tea has been part of my life since I was a young child. My mother often had tea breaks with us during the day. I began with miniature cups filled with black tea and milk and progressed to a special china cup of my own as I grew older. These were comfortable times with shared conversation and indulgences of small cookies or cinnamon toast. Tea was associated with quiet, calming moments as well as very social times when company came and good conversation was shared.
In college, I began offering tea parties for friends for birthdays. As a nurse in the Air Force, and then continuing with my many years as a military wife, I added tea parties for bridal and baby showers, and any occasion that called for a setting of comfortable elegance.