Retrospective: 2007

For the record, there were no blog posts in 2006. So technically, I’ve only been blogging for nine years.

In 2007 I wrote about the tea party. But it wasn’t about politics. This blog has never been about politics, although I’m political junkie. Some things are a lot more important than politics.

Tea, for example. And hospitality.

(Earlier this year I wrote about a great sacrilege: drinking day-old tea)


A Tea Party

We’re having an open house for our son Pilgrim’s graduation and the concept is a tea party. We have an Indian, British and Oriental tea room inside, with southern sweet tea and bar-b-que on the front porch, South American maté in the garage and a bubble tea bar in the quanset hut. The whole thing requires a guide book.

Here is the introduction:.

About the tea

As a southerner, I was practically weaned on tea. But of course tea is deeply embedded in many cultures, a framework for ritual and tradition that bespeaks civility and hospitality.

Tea is one of the simplest and oldest of civilized pleasures, and in all cultures and in all times its great contribution is the way it slows the pace of life, giving us time to relax and focus on each other. After all, you have to wait for the tea to steep.

As a family we have come to enjoy the flavor of good tea— and the experience of it. Sitting on our front porch in the morning with a cup of Earl Gray, or hanging out late at night sipping on O’Connor’s Cream, we appreciate the way tea tastes and smells and looks.

But more than that, the experience has created a new space for us to enjoy each other. So we invite you into our world, and into our celebration of God’s good grace.

Won’t you sit a spell?

Relax and enjoy the tea.

Wally Metts
June 30, 2007

We got our recipes for the tea bar here: The Little Black Book of Tea: The Essential Guide to All Things Tea (Little Black Book Series)

We got our tea at Tea Gschwendner’s

3 thoughts on “Retrospective: 2007”

  1. That was such a fun open house! I enjoyed using my southern accent to serve sweet tea on the front porch 🙂 And Ivan embraced his role as gaucho serving maté in the shed. More than that, though, are the memories of the many times we have enjoyed sitting with you and Katie and drinking tea, whether on your front porch or our patio here in Argentina. Looking forward to many more such tea times in the future.

  2. one of the most valuable things a person can give is their time. we only have so much, and we never get it back, so it’s valuable. and it’s an investment i don’t make easily. plus, being originally from the other side of the pond dear boy i find a little tea cures a host of evils. just saying. great post. loved it.

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