Tea

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    “Quieres un te” I mumble to Ama, Abuela and Abuelo who are sleepily slumped in front of an afternoon ‘tele novella’. “Si” says Ama struggling to keep her eyes open, and Abuela “y tu tambien” or something along those lines which I know means “me too”. Unsure they understand I am offering them the ‘Twinings’ mulled spiced tea I brought in the Duty free on our way here, which promises “Rich and aromatic Christmas spices” I run to the kitchen to grab the box and another to compare. “te de normal or tea de Navidad?” I spanglishly announce again where upon I am surprised that yes, both Ama and Abuela want the strange christmas tea.

    I fumble in the kitchen to find teacups and saucers, excited to share something of my english tea drinking culture (of which I myself have only just discovered in the past few years). I use the electric kettle, a rare appliance to find in a spanish kitchen, to boil up some water (albeit slowly!).
    I present the tea without milk (advised by Jon that they wont want it) and with a pot of sugar, but offer the milk anyway as the tea box itself states it needs ‘a good splash of milk and some sugar to bring out the spicy flavours’. ‘No’ to the milk.

    I perch on the end of an already crowded sofa in anticipation of the event.
    Abuela is first to try, and the sour look on her face said it all, she did not like it one bit and passed the rest to Ama, who drank it all quickly and said it was ‘muy rico’ (yummy)…….Ama adds some sugar to the other teacup and says something with the word “beber” to Aubelo, I am secretly glad he is going to try it, I like his opinions on the worlds goods. He tries to stir the tea but is obviously not used to teabags as it’s string get caught around the spoon, Ama removes the teabag.

    Eventually he tries it, I understand “not enough sugar” and Ama tuts, I think because he has health problems, she grudgingly adds another spoon of sugar, He takes no notice for a while. I try to understand the annoyingly dramatic soap but still watch Abuelo out the corner of my eye. After a while Ama’s eyes begin to close, Abuelo takes his chance, grabs the sugar pot, roughly dumps three extra sugars into the tea and smiles as he downs the sweet beverage.

    I secretly smile and carry on drinking my warm, spicy, milky tea….

    tastes like home.

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    1. Southcoasting 51 months ago | reply

      it deserves a lovely sigh. it's lovely, the story and the photo Claire

    2. miss paws 51 months ago | reply

      Too good. Lost for words.

    3. Xavier Roeseler 51 months ago | reply

      Indeed, lovely little story and stunning picture.

    4. Lost in St Leonards 51 months ago | reply

      I love the story - you're a talented writer as well as a photographer! I've spent quite a lot of my life abroad and you've captured this familiar little experience really well. I still remember the year my mum sent me a Christmas cake to Argentina and I had to go down to a big customs hall in the port to collect it. She'd padded the package out with teabags and the smell when I opened the box was just like your story....

    5. Yellow Bear 51 months ago | reply

      thanks everyone, it's the first time i've written anything creative since GCSE's, I have dyslexia and am pretty minimal with my writing but something just clicked and this came out (just after it happened I ran to the computer to write it down!)

    6. James Withey 51 months ago | reply

      Great shot and so nice to have a story to accompany the photo. Adds so much to it.

    7. mumgriffiths 51 months ago | reply

      better get on and do something about that then!

    8. mumgriffiths 51 months ago | reply

      (the rollie I mean!)

    9. rolyG 51 months ago | reply

      I am glad i opend the full view of this i would have missed the great story well done. From one Dislik to another.

    10. Yellow Bear 51 months ago | reply

      thanks James

      mum: yes yes!

      Dad: thank you!

    11. PhotoMadly / Erika Szostak 51 months ago | reply

      Dreamy photo & lovely story, which adds so much to the photo for me - and totally illustrates the kind of thing I was encouraging the other night at Miniclick. A woman after my own heart. :)

    12. Yellow Bear 51 months ago | reply

      Thanks Photo Madly, unfortunately I missed your talk but It sounds really interesting from your blog, did anyone video the talk?

    13. Barkaw [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

      stunning

    14. wontfail 50 months ago | reply

      Beautiful - almost puts me in a trance

    15. Bilbomaria 49 months ago | reply

      What a lovely background for pictures! The story makes me smile, I'm impress they have choices of tea at home. I'm from Bilbao myself and the only reason there is tea in my parent's house is coz my boyfriend bought it years ago and put it where still is... ;-D

    16. Sudden Fiction 49 months ago | reply

      simply stunning

    17. Hen's March 48 months ago | reply

      Simple and beautiful!

    18. Chornukopia 43 months ago | reply

      Beautiful simplicity. Special shot.

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