Friday, August 24, 2012

Tying the Knot

     An older British gentleman, my husband's acquaintance, came to see us one evening several years ago. After dinner, when I asked him if he would like a cup of tea with dessert, he hesitated. I understand that Americans have a dreadful reputation in England for making tea so I described how I would prepare it for him. He acquiesced. Then I made a cup for myself. I used to be too impatient to wait for the tea to cool so that it wouldn’t burn my tongue—fancy that, an impatient American—and I put an ice cube in it. I thought it might amuse our guest to see my little idiosyncrasy, so I showed it to him.

     He was more than amused. He pulled a white handkerchief from his pocket, chuckling, and tied a knot in it to remind himself to write about the incident in his journal when he returned to his hotel. Apparently, he kept a record of all the oddball things Americans do to share with his cronies back home.

     I was absurdly pleased to have made the list.


  1. I like the habit of tying a knot in a handkerchief as a reminder.

  2. What a lovely memory you shared with us ! I love your philosophical approach to life. You are so much like me in terms of my thoughts !
    hope to visit you again !
    have a happy day,

  3. He has probably filled quite a few books with our oddities.Sweet story, all the better because it's true!

  4. That's funny! I've been known to use the ice cube trick. Lately I've been putting enough cream in my tea to cool it off. And yes, that's a lot of cream! Delicious.