Tea is far more than a simple plant we infuse to make a hot beverage. Many of us draw so much more from this iconic drink. Making tea can mean taking time to relax, focus on ourselves, or even enjoy a special, shared moment with loved ones.
As Mother’s Day in France is almost upon us, we would like to take a closer look at a particular teatime tradition. The moment when mothers and daughters are united, and for the luckiest among us, grandmothers and even great-grandmothers as well! Get out the steaming mugs and sweet treats waiting to be shared. Time spent with our families is precious, so we should enjoy it to the full!
Sharing a tea also means sharing countless stories, thoughts, and ideas. Teatime is an ideal moment for finding kindness and someone ready to listen. Calm and serenity are the cornerstones of this ritual, paving the way for attentiveness and empathy. The women in our lives offer their advice and recount their own experiences through stories from their past. And regardless of their delivery or the fact they may have little to do with our daily lives, their tales are fascinating. We ask countless questions about the history of our families in an atmosphere that invites sharing and dialogue. The simplest moments are often the most meaningful because they are authentic and stripped of rivalry and bad feeling. We should appreciate these times to the full, trusting out mothers, our elders, and our daughters.
The transmission of heritage
The women in our families pass on far more than we actually realize. This is because the non-verbal transmission of heritage between generations operates subtly alongside the words we hear. Without saying a thing, our mothers, grandmothers, and aunts offer us their interpretations of femininity inherent to each age. We may not realize it, but we take on parts of their personalities, styles, values, struggles, and rituals. This constant, silent communication continues over the years to instill within us the pieces of our own family history. We will all be confronted with choices, fights, failures, and successes. And this is when their heritage comes into its own. It resonates with our own experiences to support us in the major events of our lives. Later, and still subconsciously, this shift passes through time to enrich the family heritage of our daughters. However, it also works both ways. The youngest members also maintain their mothers’ and grandmothers’ connection with the modern world. They guide them through the whirlwind of life, encouraging them to live in harmony with their time.
The gift of giving over generations
Mothers’ Day often goes hand-in-hand with gifts. The first may be necklaces made with pasta shells, and then develop to become books, flowers, or boxes of tea. With a little inspiration, we can add a personal message – the most priceless of all! We can also offer our mothers an “experience.” There is no lack of ideas, from spa days and exhibitions to restaurants and… a special teatime! In a way, they symbolize a return to the gifts we made as young children. And while our mothers often had no space left to put them, every single one was a touching gesture.
Did you know?
The Greeks and the Romans already venerated the maternal goddesses of their time. Then came the age of American mothers, with a special day to celebrate them every year. This initiative was launched by a woman who believed this reunion would inspire a shared, pacifistic strength. In France, maternal heads of large families were the first to be honored, before the tradition grew to include all mothers. Mothers’ Day was officially inaugurated on the last Sunday of May in 1950. Most other countries have their own Mothers’ Day, and while the dates differ, most of them take place in May.
Each duo or trio has its own way of sharing these essential moments in a woman’s life. Imagine yours without any limits. Happy Mother’s Day to all mums, and to all women!