Back in America, people forget to make teas and coffees
Posted on June 19, 2009 by pacificyorkshirebird
Not long ago I was posting about what a waste of time it was to ask each of my colleagues if they wanted a cup of tea or coffee. If I wanted a cup of tea I could spend 30 seconds making one, or I could make a hot drink for everyone in the office and walk the drinks slowly over to them without spilling. By the time I got back to working I had forgotten completely what I was doing before.
Anyways, I did grow to appreciate offering tea/coffee to any guests or visitors to my home. And I loved when visiting others I was sure to get a cup of tea to warm me up. In fact, I learned that the warming tea was a great way to feel more comfortable because I used to leave my coat on when visiting others because I am pretty much always cold and British people thought it strange indeed. What can I say, I never learned that people want you to remove your outer layer upon entering their home. Whatever, thank goodness for hot tea.
So I was sitting at a relative’s house in my American home city and was there for over an hour and never once was offered a drink. It was so strange. The seven other American women didn’t seem to mind. None of them were fidgeting because they had nothing in their hands. But I was sitting there preoccupied that my relative must have run out of coffee because I couldn’t even smell any brewing in the kitchen. Not that I wanted coffee, I wanted tea. But it wouldn’t have been the same anyways.
Mr. Charismatic’s family arrive tomorrow for our wedding. I bought them an electric kettle to use for the 2 weeks they are around and plan to go round to theirs and drink tea with them often. This will be one of the pleasures I look forward to when we come back to visit Britain. Maybe it will be my British “Chipotle”. mmmm
ps. I haven’t yet been to Chipotle and I’ve been here almost 4 weeks! Its funny that when there is no sense of urgency to satisfy my American food cravings, I don’t even bother. Perhaps if I wasn’t a little worried about fitting into my wedding dress perfectly I would have had a big yummy burrito by now.