Saturday, March 6, 2010

good earth tea


i've been drinking a lot of good earth tea lately after rediscovering it in the grocery aisle. a blend of black and herbal teas, it has a sweet spicy flavor that i love. i made a cup for my friend and co-worker garth recently and he was not impressed. a south african transplant, garth prefers his tea weak and loaded with milk. we got a good laugh out of his reaction to the sweet spicy taste (envision a look of pure disgust) and i tease him at least once a week about making him a good cup of tea. 

the other thing i like about good earth tea is the inspirational quote on the tag of each bag. it's an extra little treat to read the tag as the water is heating in the microwave. this evening's bag reads "youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life".  this made me chuckle and then reflect. it seems a little like that chicken - egg conundrum. when we're young we take youth for granted. it is only when we are older and wiser that we can see how wonderful being young was and how frivolously we flaunted it away. the truth is, i like myself better now than at any other period in my life. i have more confidence and am better focused on what's important in life. yes, i'm aging and have lost my youthful glow. the creaking knees, age spots and gray hairs may be seen as unattractive to some people but to me they are my battle medals. accolades i've won for fighting the good fight for my kids, women in general and especially for the right to be me and to live the life i want to live.

so forget youth. i'll keep my hard-earned wisdom and never-waning hope.

oh, and good earth tea, please and thank you!

12 comments:

Tess said...

Mmm, A sweet and spicy tea, tat sounds interesting. My favorite is Orange Passionfruit and Jasmine flavored green tea (lipton) but recently I have rediscovered earl grey tea. Love it in the mornings.
I have to admit I miss my youth when these knees and now finders are hurting but definitely would not love to relive my youth.

Jennifer DeDonato said...

I am a Good Earth tea junkie! I love the original sweet and spicy...I always read and keep most of my tags. I have been known to use the quotes in my artwork.

maggie's garden said...

I so agree with you about the wisdom of age. I seem to appreciate life... simple life...much more now in my older years. The knee thing really slows me down, as I found out today at the flea market. But I do appreciate enjoying things at a slower pace.
good call on the tea. I like that one too.

Don said...

I think we may have some in the tea cupboard. I am going to go have a look. I wouldn't trade life experiences for youth. I kinda view my gray hair as a rite of passage.

steviewren said...

I've been thinking lately how I hated my body back then...oh the foolishness of youth!

PrairiePeasant said...

Thanks for putting my thoughts into words. I'll have to keep my eyes open for Good Earth tea in the grocery aisle.

Manon Doyle said...

I'm also a tea junkie but I have not had Good Earth Tea...i will get some next time.

sara's art house said...

I like that tea too- my mom drinks a lot of it.

willow said...

I feel a craving for a cup of tea now! Gotta go put on the water...

Kelly said...

yay for you, julie. it's a blessing to age gracefully. :-) i find that since i had my girls later in life (i was 37 when they were born), i'm getting to relive my youth with them. it's a wonderful thing.

RNSANE said...

I am so glad to hear you like that tea which is from my part of the world....well, of course, the tea is from far away places but the company is in Santa Cruz, CA, about sixty miles from my home. I have been drinking that special tea all of my life. It is such a wonderful treat. So when you sip yours, toast me and I'll do the same and wish you well.

lori vliegen said...

hee hee....i'm with you sweet friend, we've worked hard for these gray hairs!!! and would i want to be 25 again? nope.....i'm having waaaay too much fun now!! xox, :))