From the Heart

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Are you a tea-drinking bookworm? 

C.S. Lewis once said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I certainly am a tea- drinking bookworm and I completely agree with Mr. Lewis. I also would venture to say that I’m not the only one. Books and tea are soothing and immersive unlike anything else. It is a complete sensory escape for me to hold an actual paper-and-cloth book, (I haven’t succumbed to the Dark Side yet with a Kindle) while sipping a cup of tea. My mind and emotions are completely lost in a world created by someone I don’t even know, but who wants more than anything for me to live in that world with them. And for me the world is mysteries! Just picture yourself – you’re sitting in front of a glowing fire, in a comfy chair, with a quilt over your legs. Your favorite book is cradled in your lap, and you’re enjoying a steaming cup of aromatic tea.  Perfect – right?

But why do we read? 

My answer to that question is simple… I read for pleasure! But what exactly is the nature of that pleasure? Reading removes me from the structure of my life –  from the routine, and the sequential habits of day-to-day living.  And I certainly don’t have to think or worry about the dentist (my latest headache)! Instead I enter another time zone. The plot, characters and setting occupy me, and while I read, I inhabit the others’ reality. My pleasure comes from escaping my sometimes small, limited and often repetitive life.  And magically I enter an exotic elsewhere.

“Sweet friends, boil some water,

add your favorite tea to a well-loved tea pot,

pull your favorite tea cup from the shelf,

grab a soft blanket,

and settle down for a little bit of quiet time

with a book that is sure to put a smile on your face

The secret to a well-balanced life

is a cup of tea in one hand 

and a book in the other.”

– Unknown –

Now be honest…

Is there anything more relaxing than drinking a cup of tea and reading a book while the rain gently and rhythmically patters down on the window beside you? It’s a book lover’s paradise!

But which tea do you drink and with which book?

 

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