Wandering into new realms of social media has been a very positive experience for me. Especially Twitter, once I worked past my initial intimidation and confusion. It has become a fairly amazing internet-space.
I stepped into Twitter with relatively low expectations. I wasn’t entirely sure how to approach it, and I was uncertain as to how much utility or interest it would provoke in me. Slowly but surely my feed filled up with writers and readers and aficionados and practitioners of various geekery – some of whom also like tea and other hot beverages.
One of the random conversations that occurred was regarding appropriate writing snacks for an all-nighter (of editing, if I recall correctly.) The snack that was compiled by the lady in question sparked an idea for a tea. I commented to that effect, and she thought it sounded like an excellent tea idea.
As per usual… this meant I had to make it. Our list of tea ideas is seemingly unending, but when I know at least one other person would enjoy one of my mad ideas, I will often fixate on the concoction until I have figured out how to make it work.
So, Mister Tea and I experimented with apricot, and then worked out the tea blend. Maria Dahvana Headley was kind enough to test it for us, and was quite satisfied, and allowed us to name it in her honor. (This is a habit for us when we make custom teas for people, or are inspired by someone to make a particular tea.)
Two things remained before I could consider the tea ready to send out into the world.
The first was to read one of her books. There were a long list of reasons why this seemed like a Thing that Must be Done, a few of which probably wouldn’t make all that much sense outside of the some-time odd place that is my mind. I chose ‘Magonia,’ in part because it was oscillating at me on a shelf when we visited a bookstore with Mister Tea’s aunt – and in part because I had heard So Much about it on Twitter that I really wanted to read it. I will point you at my Goodreads review for more detail, but it is solidly on my ‘suggest to people’ list.
The second was to ask whether or not she was interested in having it become one of our ChariTeas, and if so, what charity she would prefer. The answer was yes, and the charity is Room to Read. I whole-heartedly agree with their goals.
There were two books I read during school that touched on the experience of reading and education that were the stuff of pure nightmare for me. One was Daniel Keyes’ ‘Flowers for Algernon,’ and the other was Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Both of them caused me to confront the idea of losing the capacity to read. (Both dealt with far more than that, much of which was also the stuff of nightmares.) Facing the concept of how many opportunities for learning, for communication, for improving my understanding, for… it was terrifying. Frankly, I’d rather lose my capacity to walk, and since I actually experience that with some regularity, I can speak to that choice with certainty.
Thus, I can very definitely understand how much horizons would be broadened by being given the opportunity to learn to do so at all.
Every time this tea is purchased, we will donate $7.50 to Room to Read.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: Fair Trade Roasted Cacao Nibs, Freeze Dried Apricot, Russian Caravan Tea
Batch Weight: 2.8 ounces (approximately 20-25 cups of tea)
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag, Tin), Teabags