Tale Weaver – #221 – Ritual – May 2nd

Michael’s challenge this week for MLMM’s Tale Weaver:

Do you have anything in your life that you consider a ritual. For example do you follow a routine each day, that is part of the way you start or end your day?
Are there rituals in your life that you are part of? They could be religious and or cultural.
Or you could just tell a story in which you explore the concept of ritual.
Go where the prompt leads you and have fun.

One has to have standards.
Tea is best served from a pot into a china cup.
It has to be leaf tea, none of that bagged dust which tastes as if they’ve scraped it off the floor.
Two spoons into the pot, one more if you’re having company, fill with boiling water.
Allow to stand for three minutes, then we’re in business.
Tea first, then add a dash of milk or lemon to enhance the flavour, not drown it.
No sugar of course, but a silver spoon on the saucer to stir the liquid in a clockwise direction.
Sip, don’t chug it down, relish the taste, let it tickle your tongue, sooth your throat, warm your belly.
The biscuits are on a matching plate with a doilie, arranged ‘just so’, not thrown on in disarray.
No dunking.
As I said, one had to have standards.
It’s time then.
Hold the handle of the cup with your fore finger and thumb.
Swill the cup three times anti-clockwise, turn it upside down on the saucer and pass it over.
Do have another biscuit. while I have a look.
Ah. …………..

The old lady looked into the cup and smiled across the top of her glasses to the young lady who had come for a reading.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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18 Responses to Tale Weaver – #221 – Ritual – May 2nd

  1. Sadje says:

    I would like a cup please.

  2. Michael says:

    Great response Di, loved your take on this prompt.

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  4. Sadje says:

    I have tagged you for quote me321–inner beauty

  5. msjadeli says:

    the tea ritual and the reading of the leaves must be one of the oldest rituals in existence. as relaxing as it is, i can see why. Nicely told, Di. I’ve never had my tea leaves read before.

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