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It’s a small thing, this new cup. Beautiful curves, a lovely shade of medium pink – not too bright – on the outside, and white on the inside. At the bottom, the surprise of a darker pink heart. It nestles in its pink saucer, which also has a pink heart at the center. And it’s a good size, about 14 ounces.
Well, it’s my new tool for stress management. When I walk in the house, I’m greeted with all kinds of questions from the Alzheimer’s mom, and I often don’t even get my coat off before I start feeding the dog or figuring out what to do for mom. All of you with children know what I mean, and frankly, I admire all of you for managing.
I’ve been coping by making a large mug of tea instead of diving into whatever food is close by in order to manage the stress. It’s not always perfectly successful, but it’s a lot closer to ‘success’ than to ‘failure,’ if you know what I mean.
This little tea ritual is an effort to slow things down, to give myself a transition breather between the rush of coming home and the chaos of coping with Mom. Unfortunately, it’s not been much of a ritual, but more of a slapdash, hastily applied bandage.
But this new cup, a small luxury, invites me to make a nice cuppa, and to sit down and enjoy it. Last night was its first test run, although it was just a test. After Mom went to bed, and the chocolate in the house was calling me, I made some peppermint tea.
It was lovely, and I enjoyed the entire experience in peace. So, tonight’s plan is to come home from work, make a nice cup of tea, and sit down and enjoy it before rushing into the rest of the mess. Let’s hope it goes as planned. Let’s hope I don’t get stuck at work and get even more frazzled!
And I know just where to get a teapot that will go perfectly with this cup. Care to join me?