Tea for One

Submitted by: Marilyn Mirabelli

Materials: China teacup, Store bought macarons, Ancient suitcase

One teacup. One tray of macarons. One caption to go with the pictorial vignette.
Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.

I can’t wait to cruise again and take tea as it should be. But in the meantime, I continue to dream of cruising again and cobble a couple of sentences together to keep my mind nimble. Here is my latest effort.

I was doing the weekly grocery run at Loblaws (Monoprix, Tesco of Eastern Canada for my Euro peeps), suitably masked, gloved and goggled. Also wearing a baseball cap; a girl can’t be too careful these days.

I had no business in the bakery aisle; there were no baked goods on my grocery list. How did this winsome tray of #macarons end up in my cart? Beats me. Oh well, I am living in lockdown and only venture out into society to keep body and soul together. A small indulgence is a small price to pay for following the rules.

And so it was, just like #MaggieSmith in the bittersweet movie #TeaWithMussolini, that I took afternoon tea at four promptly.

And while sipping and munching, I was reminded of a book I read many moons ago. It was #Superwoman by #ShirleyConran. At a time in history of womankind when we were supposed to be everything to everybody, Ms. Conran opined that life was too short to stuff a mushroom, meaning there are far more important things in life than being a domestic diva. To this day, I continue to say life is too short to stuff a mushroom when I need a bit of perspective.