My first impression of an afternoon tea time was formed after reading Alice in Wonderland when I was a child.
I still remember taking out play tea-sets and enjoying afternoon tea with my family, neighbours, cousins, friends, aunties and just about anyone whom I could get hold of!
Today I relived those tea sipping moments with significantly one of my very first friends.
D and I went back a long way… back to the era when there was no mobile phones nor internet. We went to primary school only for a year together, yet we kept in touch by writing countless letters to each other over the years.
Then somehow we lost touch for some years in between.
One day, early this year, I was tidying (unsuccessfully) some old greeting cards and I spotted one from D.
I looked at her familiar address which I had handwritten on numerous letters and cards addressed to her in the past. I wondered if she still lived there. I wished I had a number to call and speak to her. I wished I could email her. I contemplated popping over to that address to find her.
God must have heard my thoughts.
Cos’ the next day, I walked into a bookstore and, there, walking right towards me was D!!!
I couldn’t believe it and I just had to jump with excitement!
Before we parted, we made sure that we had exchanged mobile numbers, email addresses and just about any means of contacts.
And since then, we’ve been catching up and filling each other in, on those ‘missing’ years of our lives.
Today, we sat down blissfully to enjoy an afternoon tea time. Of course, with real cakes and tea!
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