I 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!