Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tea With Fairies ~ Gossamer Teacup
I saved this teacup for Tea Time Tuesday especially for this story, written by my husband's sister Judith Sattler.I hope you are able to take the time to read this delightful story, it is well worth the reading~especially if you like tea with the fairies ~
Tea With Fairies
When my girls were considerably smaller than they are now and began losing baby teeth along the way, it was Gossamer Tooth-fairy who came to collect the teeth they left for her under their pillows. She gave them silver coins in exchange for their molars and cuspids, and she always wrote a letter to thank them. It was in this way that we discovered Gossamer had two girls of her own, Timbrel and Whimsey, whom she was training in the family business. Gossamer did not always bring the girls with her, because they were young and sometimes got into mischief. ( I wonder...Is that how Miss Primrose ended up with her head stuck in a dresser drawer?)
~Gossamer Teacup by Royal Albert~
Sometimes if she didn't have a great many other houses to visit, she would stop to take a cup of tea with me. Then one day , she invited me to her place for Tea. You might very well ask where this magical place is but, alas, I cannot say- it is a secret. If I am nothing else honorable I am , most assuredly , Steadfast. But that is beside the point. I went to tea in Fairyland and I will never be the same again. The kind of teatime that transports you out of your own world and into an enchanted place is matchless. The thing of it is, sometimes you don't even have to leave your own kitchen table or back garden to get there.The way in to Make-Believe can be found in the bright glance of the moon at night, the sudden flash of a flicker's wing, ot the singing green of a rainy summer's day. I don't have a favorite teacup, but if I did it would be the one Gossamer gave me to use. She sent it home with me. It is green ( my favorite color for as long as I can remember) and it is embossed with leaves . When I am using it I can imagine that I am supping in a tree wtih my fairy friend, or sitting in the grass beneath the shady boughs of an orchard with the birds piping among the peaches for our pleasure. The cup is large enough for a fairy to take a bath in, but quite diminutive by our standards. I don't mind; I can refill it as many times as I like. Besides, the teeny-tiny teacup from the Peter Rabbit china set I used to serve Gossamer when she came to call was almost as big as her head...and she managed.
I haven't sat down to tea with Gossamer for a long while. It is understandable when you remember that the girls stopped losing their teeth years ago. But my oldest daughter has children of her own now and Gossamer promised me the last time she came that when Girly-bird, Monkey, and Ellybean begin losing their baby teeth, she will send Timbrel to gather them. Timbrel always had a sweet tooth; she found it under a pillow and carries it in her pocket. Perhaps I'll be able to tempt her to Tea with a slice of cake and sugar lumps. by Judith Sattler