Tea time. Moments of Grace sometime between 3-4pm.
Sometime after school.
Some time for me and my daughter.
My only daughter.
My daughter, who most times can be found playing on the stairs creating dialogue in an imaginary conversation between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles she has in her hands, may be wearing a TMNT costume while doing so. They are her characters of choice lately, more so than her dollies who get stair time less frequently. Other times she's playing Mario cart and so when she asks me for tea...leaving a little note on my desk, drawn with characters and conversation bubbles..saying "tea, please, Mom." I know the girly is poking out.
Together we get down the pretty pot, fill the creamer and get the silver tongs to extract the sugar cubes. I fill the kettle with water and we wait for it to "sing" to us. We pour it's steamy contents into the blue and white flowered pot that is now holding Chai decaf tea and then we cover it with a cozie I crocheted so the pot can steep, staying warm. While we wait, we talk in British accents. She becomes Lady Mary and I become Lady Jane and we talk about the loveliness of the day over our "spot'o tea."
All gentility...and grace...a Moment of Grace.
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