I was recently
contacted by CSN stores to host a giveaway. CSN has over 200 online stores that carry
everything from bedroom decor to tv stands
to children’s toys and furniture! Check out all their stores here! They gave me a choice of items to giveaway. I fell in love with this little tea pot.
So why did I pick the tea pot? Well, it is lovely, isn't it? But, hot tea is a comforting mainstay for me.
The women in my life have always gathered around kitchen tables for hot tea. As a migraine sufferer, the only thing I can drink after a bad episode is Constant Comment tea. I'm sure it has something to do with three important women in my life—my mom, Aunt Mart, and Aunt Judy.
Three women sit like the Fates, weaving
their families lives,
as they sip Constant Comment
from speckled gray-brown mugs.
Spoons fish for spent bags, the fingers find tags
and wrap the muddy stained strings
around the bag, squeezing the last flavored drop.
The not-quite-silver spoons stir sugar
and clang, clang, clang, ring in their ears—singing
of money, husbands, and children.
Steam floats into the air. Tea-smell comforts
three women around the kitchen table.
Aunt Judy dribbles and giggles.
The room fills with the sound.
Mom and Aunt Mart light-up as they laugh.
Orange and icey-pink lipstick scars
white cigarettes and marks their mugs
with painted lip stain.
Bittersweet tea-tastes linger.
“The stronger, the
better” they would all say to me
between puffs, songs, and tears.
Their sounds steep into me and fill my cup—
I taste the strength.