Monday, January 16, 2012

flickr fun: Books and Tea

From a flickr set of photographs by J.M. Richards:  "Books and Tea" ...
... each photo with a mood all its own.

Old Books, Grandmother's Teacup

Old Books, Grandmother's Teacup

Childhood Favorites & Tea

Childhood Books and Tea

Ebenezer Scrooge and Tea

Ebenezer Scrooge and Tea

Fairy Tales and Tea

Fairy Tales and Tea

Jane & Tea

Jane and Tea

Elmer, His Dragon, and Tea

Elmer, His Dragon and Tea

This post was inspired by an e-mail I received from a fellow blogger, with whom I have begun to correspond.   Although we chat via e-mail, it feels more like getting an old fashioned (actual paper!) letter when I read what she's written because it's obviously written with care, and never too short. 

You know what I mean about a too short letter?  It leaves you with the lingering feeling that the person could have written more but decided it wasn't worth their time?  Perhaps that's too harsh.  I just prefer to be able to savor and linger over words, and know what a gift they can be from one person to another.

Anyway, here is a part of what she wrote in a recent message, the part that inspired this post:  "I stopped on the way home ... bought 3 pre-made salads, a bag of romaine, a wedge of brie (I traded in pastries for cheeses), fresh squeezed orange juice, whole wheat bread, several apples, a banana, a cranberry orange tea bread and I forgot what else."

Doesn't that sound like the perfect little shopping trip?  Just enough, not too much, trusting that there will be more time, more food, more life left in a few days to go back and get more.  No hauling a dozen plastic bags at a time, no huge list to check off, just enough precious, simple, sustaining things in just enough abundance.


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