Thursday, July 06, 2006

TEA
I just read the comments from my last posting, and my friend, Terry, Toeless in Philly, wants to know how Jennifer can put "tea" and "Carrie Link" in the same sentence. Here's the back story...
Almost eleven years ago when Toeless and I lived across the street from one another, we'd always offer something to drink when the other stopped by.
"Would you like a cup of tea?" she asked.
"No, thanks," I'd answer.
"Coffee?"
"Yes, please."
Terry/Toeless is the only person on this planet that is as obsessed and picky about her coffee as I am. None-the-less, she continued to offer me "a cup of tea" every time I visited.
As she moved from place to place, coast to coast, I'd visit, and several times each visit she'd politely ask if she could make me a cup of tea. Somewhere around year four of our friendship, and 1,000 unaccepted offers of tea later, she muttered under her breath, "God, I hate tea."
"Me too!" I screamed.
I think we laughed for ten minutes straight, tears pouring down our faces.
Year five of our friendship I visited again, and got to attend a special event at her daughter's kindergarten. Sophie, her daughter, read from her journal, proudly.
"I like candy
I like ice cream
I like bagels
I do not like tea."
Again, ten solid minutes of convulsive laughter ensued. What five-year-old lists TEA as something she doesn't like?
All these years later just seeing tea at the grocery store, or on a menu, brings a smile to my face as I think of my tea-hating soul mate, clear across the country.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

being a faithful tea drinker myself, I am saddened that another child has will shirk the joys of a well steeped cup for short, direct road to Starbucks. We tea drinkers get the shaft; being served luke warm water and having to pay for refills in the guise of a second tea bag, while you coffee drinkers get refill after refill at local eateries of steaming hot, burn you, and receive a million buck settlement java. Life just isn't fair.
CG

Carrie Wilson Link said...

CG - You've got rage issues "around" tea. Time to start the trauma tapping mentioned in a prior blog. Do that, and get back to me.

Reverse Stalker said...

I'm going to have to rally for the tea...sorry...cartea link...your coffee addiction must be curtailed! It feeds rage issues!!!

tap tap tap

Carrie Wilson Link said...

You want rage issues? Just try taking my first love away from me!

Michelle O'Neil said...

Off the subject, but does your friend really have no toes?

Terry Whitaker said...

every comment made me giggle--thank you all!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

"Toeless" still has 9 good toes left, hence her request for a 10% discount at every pedicure!

Anonymous said...

Carrie,why not come to the new House for a Spot of TEA!!!!!!!Just kidding.M

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Jess said...

This is very very funny. I can't believe she didn't find it beneath herself to get me tea!

Also interesting how your stories differ slightly... She said it was 6 months, you say 5 years. Ah memory. ;)

Still though, have you really had GOOD tea? I wonder... Because there is nothing worse that bad weak tea (except for maybe bad weak coffee).

J