A bit of Friday Excitement


wp_20170203_003I get excited whenever Friday comes around.  Not, as you might expect, because it’s the weekend.  I don’t dislike my week days and see each new day as an opportunity.  No, it’s because on a Friday I get to drink tea.  Loose leaf Assam Tippy Golden Pekoe to be precise, although it’s not the type of tea that’s important.  It’s simply that after a week of abstinence I get to drink something I love.  That’s the cause for the celebration.

When I had to give up caffeine and alcohol as a result of a bladder disorder, I was gutted.  How would I manage to live without these ‘necessities’?  Well, it turns out you can.  I can. Human beings have an amazing capacity to adapt to most things, with both positive and negative results.  As it turns out, I don’t miss alcohol at all (well, maybe the odd glass of red…) but I do miss tea.  A lot.  Given that caffeine is one of the substances that causes inflammation in my bladder (which lacks a proper lining) I’m not supposed to drink it at all, but I find that one small cup once a week is fine if I don’t already have a flare up.  So, Friday is the day.  I have an engagement with the teapot around 3pm and I do get very excited about it!

It occurs to me that we would all appreciate a lot of things a whole heap more if we weren’t swamped with them day in day out.  There’s an article in the news today about a shortage of Iceberg lettuce in the shops.  This made me laugh and despair in equal measure.  Salad belongs with summer, and if we ate more seasonally we’d appreciate our food, especially fruit and vegetables, a whole lot more.  That ripe strawberry, and many other food stuffs, become delicacies when eaten during their short periods of availability; think wild garlic, asparagus, artichokes, soft fruit.

Whilst you may conclude that my life must be lacking in excitement if I can get worked up about a cup of tea, I might equally speculate that we would value things more, not only food, if we weren’t able to get anything we wanted any hour of the day or night.  At some point in the not too distant future, that theory may well be tested.

In the meantime, happy Friday, and cheers!

5 thoughts on “A bit of Friday Excitement”

  1. Paula says:

    Very true. I remember reading the Little House books as a child/young teenager and being baffled when she talked about how excited they were when they finally had a garden and it was finally spring and they could eat peas. I couldn’t imagine getting excited about any kind of food at the time, particularly vegetables. Now, reading them back again and also some of the background information, you realise they were living for months on preserved food, mostly ham, beans and if they were lucky, potatoes. Those first green peas must have tasted like nectar. I admit to finding eating seasonally hard going in winter, as it’s very cabbage based and I’m not fond of cabbage at all, but the point is well made. Salad tastes a lot nicer when real sun has ripened it anyway!

    1. Debbie says:

      Thanks. Winter can be hard if you’re not keen on roots or cabbage. I guess that’s why people preserved summer in jars. At least we have freezers these days….

  2. Tony Ross says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I don’t miss alcohol but I would miss tea. I tend to have a cup in the morning, but that’s just English Breakfast tea. I look forward to our Friday afternoon cups of Assam a lot BUT, I look forward EVEN MORE to whatever you tend to bake for us to consume with the tea! 🙂

    1. Jane Bodley says:

      So true- it’s the little things that make life worth living. Struggling with diverticulitis and high cholesterol – cutting back on food I love is difficult.

      1. Debbie says:

        Thanks Jane. Absolutely agree. My exclusion list from the hospital is pages and pages long, but I think you have to find what works for you. It’s as much about lifestyle change very often as about omitting particular foods. Try and make positive changes to replace the things you miss. Best wishes.

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