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I drink a lot of cold tea. Not iced tea, cold tea. I make a nice hot pot in the morning and have a cup, and then my day starts. By the time I get back to my teapot, the tea is luke-warm and I have another cup…

Then, by time I get to it again, it’s cold. And somehow, I’ve gotten used to drinking cold tea. Never old, cold tea, because that’s disgusting. Just cold. So I guzzle the last couple of cups in the pot, and start a new kettle.


I think it started when my son was little and I’d get so distracted that I’d never find my tea in time to drink it hot. And somehow, my son grew bigger and I still stayed distracted, but with different things. Over time, I started to just prefer it this way–a nice, comforting cup of hour-old tea. It was either that or no tea at all, because I never came back for it in time.

I wonder if that will end up being something my son remembers–Mom’s cold tea. Maybe he’ll even tell his kids that their grandmother always drank her tea luke-warm, and when I come to visit, they’ll say, “Start the tea, it has to cool off for Grandma,” and they’ll think I can’t be trusted with hot beverages.  We’ll go to visit a grandchild, and they’ll offer us tea, but say, “It isn’t ready yet, Grandma.” There will be a pot of hot tea sitting on the counter, and one cup of Orange Pekoe dutifully cooling down to tepid. They’ll give Mr. Johns a nice mug, piping hot, and hand me a pretty little tea cup… almost cold.

It’s not very glamorous, is it? But this is the fuel of novels! Pot after pot after pot of tea. At various temperatures.


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