Even though Sue loves her tea, we don't often get the pretty cups out. I mean to say, "The woman wants big mugs full of tea, not tiny cups." However, the cups do make for a pretty display.
I am reminded of Tom Hegg's poem, "A Cup of Christmas Tea." The poem has been turned into a book, which I, somehow, managed to miss reading until a few years ago, despite the fact that it has been in Sue's collection for a long time now.
When I did get around to reading this schmaltzy piece, I couldn't staunch the tears. When I thought to look it up again this year, my eyes moistened once again.
The poem is about a man, whose aunt invited for Christmas tea. He hasn't seen her in a long time, but is somewhat reluctant to visit because she suffered a stroke in the past year. He thinks he would prefer to remember her the way she was. Of course, he does go, and it was the right choice.
In this video, Heggs reads the poem. It's about 7 minutes long, but I think you will like it if you are not already familiar with this piece. You can also read the poem as he recites it.
Click here if you would like to read the whole piece in your own time. I would paste it here, but I am not sure if that is ethical.