Weekly Writing Prompt: A Tea Time Story

Believe it or not but January is National Tea Month. Since its beginnings (the first time tea was ever written about) in the 3rd century AD, tea has grown to become a popular beverage worldwide. It is said to have originated in China and spread to the West through the Portuguese. We (or at least I do) often associate tea with the British, but they didn’t start drinking tea until Catherine of Braganza (a Portuguese princess) married Charles II. From there, of course, it spread to the U.S. and even played a role in bringing about the American Revolution. Tea not only has a fascinating history but it also comes in various forms–white, green, yellow, red and black not to mention tisanes (herbal teas) and flavored teas.

mariposa-coop-tea-bagsNot only is tea a popular beverage but it also has many positive health benefits. Tea can keep you hydrated (it was previously believed that the caffeine contained in tea was dehydrating) and contains antioxidants which can help protect against cancer. The caffeine in tea helps keep energy levels up without making you crash the way coffee does. Oolong and Green teas help with weight loss and help burn fat. Black tea even has fluoride in it to help keep your teeth healthy.

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Tea is a fascinating subject and there is no better way to celebrate National Tea Month than to enjoy a cup of your favorite type of tea. I am super excited about this because I absolutely love tea and fully intend to celebrate every day by drinking at least one cup.  Among my favorites are Earl Grey, Chai, Darjeeling, Green Tea, Chamomile and Peppermint. For me the perfect way to enjoy a cup is to curl up with a good book or sip while watching a movie on a rainy day.

Write a scene where tea is a main focus. 

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