Tastes and smells have the power to transport us to other times and places. Maybe the smell of the ocean brings you back to childhood vacations, the scent of pine trees conjures up Christmas, or one bite of a melted s'more has you looking for the nearest sleeping bag to snuggle up in. Of course, tea can do this for us too, and your trip down memory lane is as easy as boiling a pot of water.
One place I can easily transport myself is to my grandparents' table. All it takes is a cup of decaf tea. It has a calming familiarity, and suddenly I'm perched in that bright dining room, feet not quite reaching the floor, dumping spoon after spoon of sugar into my after-lunch mug.
I am now the proud owner of several of Grandma's dainty teacups, which I never even saw as a child. Someday I'll have a house with some display space in which to show them off. For now, I enjoy using Grandma's creamer and sugar bowl - especially that sugar bowl. I still like my tea sweeter than Grandma likes hers, and I definitely let mine steep longer than she does. (Family joke: some relatives just "wave the bag over" their hot water. You know who you are!) In honor of Grandma's birthday, I'm thinking of her, and looking forward to sharing a cup of tea with her again soon. And seeing where it takes us.