Growing up, my brother and I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. We are among the lucky ones. My Oma would often come pick us up from school and we’d all walk home together. They were slow walks. Magical walks. We had nowhere to be, so we went nowhere fast. There was this beautiful chestnut tree right on the corner of my grandparents’ street that we stopped at every single time. When the chestnuts were ripened, we’d stomp on their prickly casings for hours, gathering up the rich brown nuts in our shirts like a mommy kangaroo would carry her joey. We’d bring the chestnuts home and admire how shiny they were. We’d count them and sort them and wash them. My Oma would carve little animals and flowers out of them.
Those walks home weren’t actions. They were feelings. They were memories in the making. I wonder if my Oma knew.
Regardless of the season, every visit with my grandparents included a hot cup of tea. I had no idea that there was such a thing as ‘kids shouldn’t consume caffeine’. From as young as I can remember, we sipped black tea with milk and sugar. It was tea that was brewed for hours on the back element of my grandparents’ stove on the lowest heat. It is a flavour that I will never be able to replicate because it was my Oma’s tea.
They say we’re meant to stop and smell the roses. I feel the same about tea. Life slows down with a steamy hot cup of Earl Grey held tightly between two palms. It’s my comfort. It’s my childhood memories in liquid form.
It’s no wonder my girls love tea. It’s in their DNA, I’m sure of it. Which is why it was very special for us the other day when we ducked out of work and school early and went for our first high tea together at Secret Garden Tea Company.
Portia, Madeleine and I changed out of our work/school clothes and made our way to the new Secret Garden Tea Co. location in Kerrisdale. I then had the GREAT pleasure of experiencing high tea through my daughters’ eyes.
We all lead busy lives, so it was really nice to get dressed up with the kids and take some time to press pause on the hecticness of school and work and extra-curricular activities…
… and to sip on some hot tea out of antique china.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Secret Garden Tea Company. All opinions are my own. All images are courtesy of Marcy Media.