No, this post is not about Ambrosia, but for some reason I thought Ambrosia was the favorite drink of Greek gods. After some brief research, I read that ambrosia was food eaten by the gods and they drank nectar. Ambrosia and nectar were supposed to be honey-flavored. Eating ambrosia is what made the gods immortal. Humans who ate ambrosia became stronger and more beautiful. It’s no surprise to me that the Gods would be feasting on something sweet; they were really much like children and children love their sweets. (So do old people…I’ve noticed that when folks get into their 80s, they choose sweets over vegetables when given options).
It’s highly doubtful that my nectar, in this case, hot tea, makes me more beautiful or stronger. Indeed, that any drink or food might improve my looks in any noticeable way is entirely ludicrous. Tea has a tiny bit of caffeine - and trust me, I need all the kick I can get my hands on, especially when sitting at a desk...which is about all I do these days. Some people are very sensitive to caffeine; sadly, I am not. If not the caffeine, then what is it about hot tea that enhances my life?
Drinking a cup of hot tea produces some sort of mental change, for me anyway. It’s like some kind of assurance that all is right and normal in the world. Does that make it a comfort food? Hot tea might just be my true comfort food. Better tea than chocolate or macaroni and cheese (these are common comforts to some people).
I’m not picky about my tea either. Whether the water is boiled on the stove or zapped in a microwave doesn’t matter. Styrofoam cup, ceramic mug, porcelain cup – I don’t care. Whether the tea bag is a Wal-Mart el-cheapo brand or Bigelow foil-wrapped doesn’t matter as much, although fancy tea can be fun, interesting, or disappointing (which is usually my experience with exotic tea). Somebody brought in a box of tea bags and set them in the kitchen at work last week – it must be something he or she tried and didn’t particularly like. The box has a big, colorful tiger and jungle plants on it. I haven’t tried it, but the bags smell a bit like cinnamon, not unpleasant, but unusual. The last time I tried weird tea bags left in the kitchen, they were delightful to smell but the tea was completely nasty. Caramel vanilla tea: like drinking a strongly scented candle.
Old KyLady likes her tea. She’s not one to lounge around in pajamas. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people say that if they didn’t have to get up and go to work, they’d never get dressed…meaning they imagine if they worked from home (like I intend to be doing here within the next few months), they’d live in their slippers and PJs. Not this lady! I know me well enough to know that I can’t function until I’ve showered and dressed in real clothes. Even the times I’ve gone camping, if shower facilities are not available, I am not myself after the first 24 hours. No shower, no me, and no amount of hot tea can fix that. And now a word of gratitude…thank you God for electricity and water so that we can have hot showers and hot tea.