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A “Nice Cuppa Tea”

Posted: March 25, 2013

This blog has been brewing for a while and draws inspiration from Caren Silverlieb's recent post about chocolate and diversity at JCHE. It inspired me to pour out these thoughts.

I grew up in in a culture where tea was an important part of family life.  Most of us have seen various British TV series, where a “nice cuppa tea” is a vehicle for friends getting together or neighbors supporting each other in time of joy or sorrow.  With South Africa having been part of the British Commonwealth,  some of the tea drinking traditions stuck, even though the Commonwealth relationship ended in 1961.   My Mom and I would often share a quiet, half hour at the kitchen table with tea and biscuits.  It was a time to connect after work or school. 

Sunday afternoons would invariably be set aside for family and friends to get together.  At that time, the “blue laws” were active and malls and stores were not open for Sunday business, so the pace of life was more leisurely than it is now.  Cousins and relatives by the car load would arrive.  Lively discussions took place in the small but very pretty garden where lawn chairs were set up earlier by my father.  Tea would be served at 4:00 – strong and fragrant from my grand-mother’s oldy-but-goody teapot into my parents’ china sets – yes plural – because there were often 15 – 20 cups of tea that yours truly would pour.  My Mom served home-made cakes, biscuits (cookies), scones with whipped cream and dainty sandwiches.    There were so many people around the table because family groups included two or three generations all coming together for no special purpose other than to connect over a cup of tea.

The idea of tea or more specifically the sound “tea”,  led me to think about  the various flavors or types of  tea  available at JCHE.   Indulge me while we savor a “nice cuppa Golda Meir House  tea”, taking a moment to reflect  on my list  of positive aspects of life for tenants and staff in a JCHE building:   

Community  

Ability  

Committee

Sensitivity

 

Activity

Vitality           

Safety

Beauty 

Affordability

Property

Dependability

Availability

Sociability

Tasty

Reality

Diversity

Opportunity

Accessibility

Dignity    

Equality

Flexibility

Creativity

Security

Adaptability

 

This list is not exhaustive so feel free to add to it….kind of fun! 

Melanie Katz, Golda Meir House's Assistant Property Manager, is from South Africa.

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