Welcome to letter C and to this year’s Theme:
The Glories of Tea With Stepheny
Few Americans take time for afternoon tea, but collecting teacups is a passion for many. Finding room and displaying our collections can be a quandary. Most of what we collect, admire, and display is behind glass, occasionally taken out for a party. Though tea tastes best from a proper teacup, people stand at the kitchen counter with their favorite clunky mug in hand and a tea bag string hanging over the edge.
I was blessed to grow up with parents who were collectors…books, and beautiful antique porcelain. Both things exposed me to a lifelong addiction, although for a long time books far outpace the occasional china piece I buy. However, it is that you display your collection, on simple selves or in a cabinet you searched far and wide for, collectors constantly expand their expertise, contributing to the interesting people they are. When you are feeling guilty that you have bought again another teapot, think of the following quote that gives you permission.
“The whole point of collecting is the thrill of acquisition, which must be maximized, and maintained at all costs.” – John Baxter, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict