Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Tea Party

 A little girl sits at her table with her "friends." The table is set with four little white plates with delicate pink flowers and a yellow butterfly, four cups and saucers, and a tea pot complete with a sugar bowl and cream pitcher.

The little girl slowly pours the Hi-C or Koolaid from the pot, carefully holding the lid tightly so it doesn't fall and break. She places a Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookie on each plate, and the tea party begins.

Fifty-five years or so ago, that little girl was me. I received this toy China tea set when I was around four or five years old, and it is one of the things I still have from my childhood.

There was a time when I had the tea set on a shelf on my bedroom wall. My little brother was jumping on my bed, hit the shelf, and broke one of the plates. I was devastated! 

Over the holiday weekend, I was telling this story to my brother and sisters. He, of course, remembered none of it. He asked me to send him a picture of it because "he didn't remember what it looked like."

Today, I received a big surprise.

With some sleuthing from my daughter, my brother searched Ebay until he found another one of these exact tea sets. My set is now complete!

Would anyone like to have to tea with me?

 Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating a space to share our stories. 


  1. How sweet! I love your tea set and the story that goes with it.

  2. Leigh Anne, my heart just leapt for joy when you told us the story. It leapt again when I read it. This is such a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. Leigh Anne, count me in. I set up my granddaughters new bedroom in my house for stay-overs. I have a tea set somewhere in my boxes that I never opened from the move. Soon we will have tea at the little table that my husband painstakingly assembled. Your slice brings back memories for you and me. Have fun.

  4. What a lovely story. I'm sure it brought a tear to your eye when your surprise arrived.

  5. I would definitely love to have tea with you. Your first two paragraphs are such a wonderful description of childhood tea parties. I could visualize the slow pour of the Kool-Aid and the care you took with this fragile set. Maybe you should use it to enjoy an adult tea party.

  6. What a sweet gift!

  7. I enjoyed how you began your piece with a "story" to introduce the other story. That's a thoughtful brother. Your mama raised good kids:)

  8. Leigh Anne, your childhood story pulled me into a wonderful story to share over a cup of tea at Tea Time...I'm sipping mine now.

  9. Perfect brings back memories! Thanks for sharing!!