Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tea & Sympathy

Long, long ago, when our children were small, my sister and I conceived the "Tea Party Plan" for teaching our children manners. We started out by taking them to quaint little Hirosaki tea shops. Then we tried a couple of "At-Home" events. The plan finally fizzled - perhaps because my sister's boys (my own boy was gone by then) weren't into tea parties and no one seemed to be learning manners very fast. ...

However, the memory lingers on and Bethany (niece), Mary (Daughter # 3), Sarah (Daughter #4) and I continue to have random tea parties - sometimes with family, often with friends - usually organized by Sarah or Bethany.

Sarah (taking the photo) loves setting a beautiful table...

And sometimes we dress up (with my niece, Bethany)

There are usually some delectable edibles ...

But the best thing about a Tea Party is the company...

and the camaderie!

It makes me think of that phrase "Tea & Sympathy" - there's something very comforting about a cup of tea with friends.

3 comments:

Sawa said...

We'll have to have a tea party when I'm home next month.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Your tea parties must be so lovely.

Laurie Elliot said...

Hey Sarah. You're home for 2 weeks - let's have several!

And yes, they generally are lovely, Matthew. Wish you could join us!