As she drank her tea, she thought of her grandmother.
Grams would have turned 90 today. How she missed her.
It was Grams who got her into the habit of drinking tea
in the afternoons. She thought of the times when she
used to walk over to Grams’ house after school and sit
at the table and watched as she poured the hot tea into
two large cups.
Earl Grey was Gram’s favorite. She had her reasons why.
And she loved to list them. “It has many benefits, Steffi,” she
would say. “It calms your nerves, improves your immune
system, helps your digestion, keeps you alert, which is good
for people my age,” she paused to chuckle at that remark
before she continued, “It boosts your metabolism, improves
your heart health, prevents cancer, keeps you hydrated and
protects your teeth. And it tastes good.”
Stephanie had to agree. Earl Grey had a fruity flavor and
didn’t taste as bitter or strong as the other types of black
tea. So, it was over a cup of Earl Grey tea that she was
remembering her grandmother who passed away from
natural causes two years ago.
It was during those afternoon visits that Grams would
talk to her about the Bible. The book of Proverbs was
her favorite. “It has lots of good advice for all of us,
especially for young people.” And she would read
As Grams sipped her tea, Stephanie would talk to
her about school, growing up and boys. She told her
about the annoying boy in school who was always pulling her
hair and doing things to upset her. When Grams told her
that he did these silly things because he liked her,
she was shocked but Grams was right. She was
always right. She had so much wisdom.
“I get it from reading God’s Word,” she
said and “I ask Him for it too.”
Grams was the first one in her family
to meet the man she ended up marrying.
He was that same annoying boy from school.
Grams was the first to hold their newborn
baby. Sometimes she suspected that her
mother was a little jealous of the closeness
she had with her grandmother but Grams
never judged her or made her feel bad when
she made bad decisions but was always there
to encourage her. It was Grams who had
faith in her when no one else did, including
herself. And it was Grams who led her to
Their afternoon tea tradition lasted
through high school, college and even
after she got married.
She smiled as she sipped her tea. Yes, she
missed her grandmother but she knew
she would see her again on the blessed
day when Jesus comes again. Until then,
she would continue to enjoy a cup of
Earl Grey tea in the afternoons and
remember her beloved Grams.
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