I recently got the privilege of chatting with a dear family friend, Liisa, about her personal story and love for all things tea. Liisa has many treasured tea things in her home that are beautiful and I was thrilled to get the chance to spend a few minutes and ask her about her favorite tea time memory.
I knew Liisa had many memories surrounding tea time, but the story she shared with me blew me away. I feel honored to share her story with you today.
We grew up next door to Aunt Lillian Grieve. We called her Aunt Lil most of the time, and she was the epitome of a “Maiden Aunt”. Complete with grey hair in a bun, house dresses and aprons, much like the 1950s.
When my sisters and I went over to her house, we got one hundred percent of her attention. Some days we would color or paint, somedays we would sew with her. Often Aunt Lil would have tea parties with us.
She had a specific, special tea cup for each of us. As we grew up, our tea cups grew in size. When we were very little, she had a demitasse cup and saucer for us to use. When we got older, our tea cups got larger. I still have my tea cups from Aunt Lil and they are a treasured part of my tea cup collection.
She always had two cookie jars – one jar had gingercookies that we called “Aunt Lil’s Cookies”, and in the other jar were angel crisps or pecan sandies. She always served cookies with our tea. Aunt Lil taught us proper tea etiquette; things like not to tap the side of the cup with our spoon, and “did we want one lump of sugar or two?”. When we were at her house she always made us feel like a little princess.
Tea time with Aunt Lil was a time to do something special, to feel valued. She made me feel loved. That is why tea parties were so important to me when my kids were little. It taught them to slow down, that things like house cleaning could wait. That people were more important than the day-to-day jobs.
I simply loved getting to hear this story and see how it has impacted Liisa even to this day. In my own life, Liisa’s love for people and tea time have played out in a precious way. During my recent engagement, Liisa threw a beautiful bridal tea for me. I know that I felt loved and cherished through her time, attention, and thoughtfulness!!