Tea time…is a much celebrated tradition worldwide. The elaborate tea ceremony of Japan, to the afternoon teas in England to the tea growing regions of rainy Assam in India…Tea time is a time of taking time for personal wellness, catch up on some energy, creative thinking, sharing, and companionship to continuing traditions.
When tea was a mystery, hundreds of years ago, to the current ways of shopping for tea, tea and specialty tea shops can stimulate many a taste bud…Tea time for seniors could be a sign of respect, festiveness, routine, memorable times and more…
Often in my office, seniors preferred not to be seen by me, the doctor at certain times of a day…With better understanding, I realized the evening tea had its’ place. Visiting families in Asia, Africa…tea time is considered part of social life, from tea stalls in roadsides to elaborate tea ceremonies to the everything café downtown.
Here are some truly humbling tea related things seniors shared with me in my decades as a geriatrician:
1. Tea times are not a thing of past, they are making a comeback
2. When you share an afternoon of tea, or meetup with someone, you are truly living not just being
3. A break for tea is worth every penny of time
4. Traditions and culture of tea times… part of healing, as tea contains certain chemicals, wellbeing, healthy living
5. Teas can be any, but the best tea can only be made with love
6. Tea time is special and miracles do happen
7. Hoping tea time is respected…
With those sayings… making time for life’s simple pleasures in any setting is settling, caring, showing love and paying attention to what matters to whom…Hope grandmother and grandfather’s traditions continue to grow, for our future generations… please share your favorite tea moments with grandma or grandpa. We would love to follow, and help the world fall in love with life’s simple pleasures once again,