TEA AND TALK TIME
This is my kind of afternoon – tea and talk with an older woman.
Oma is the grandmother of two tutoring students of mine. When she invited me for tea, I was thrilled.
Today was the day.
As soon as I walked in the door, I could see that her house was decorated with memories – trinkets and family pictures, homemade blankets carefully laid out on the couches and homemade jam in big jars, still warm from yesterday’s labour of love. Oma has lived alone in this farm house for many years, since her husband died, and I could immediately feel that her kitchen has been a place where family and friends have always been welcomed.
Oma had set the kitchen table with her best china and she proudly served her delicious, homemade Heidelbeerkuchen. (blueberry cake) We talked about her family and my days of living in Germany when I was eighteen years old – her kind hospitality reminded me of those wonderful months overseas, living with a German family, while I trained in gymnastics.
Just being in Oma’s home warmed my heart.
I love everything about this woman and taking time to know her, rather than merely watching her serve her family, was very special. She has so many stories. We made plans to have tea together again soon.
I have a new friend and my life has once again, been enriched by the wisdom of an older woman.
Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Bertolt Brecht
Make a Moment to Muse
- We are both an older woman and a younger woman to someone. Who is your older woman? Who is your younger woman?
- Why is it important and enriching to your life to spend time with women who are older or younger than yourself?
- What is your greatest fear about hanging out with women from different generations than you?Speak truth: Encourage and build up one another. 1 Thessalonians 5.11