Sunday, May 02, 2010

Clancy's Tea Cosy...

On most Saturdays I go for tea. It's become such a frequent event, that now the tea ladies know us by name. One in particular, a lady named from Wilhemena, who started the tea shoppe and named it after her Irish husband.

She brings us so much delight week after week. We tell her stories, and she remembers our order. When only one of us comes, she waits for the other to arrive before bringing the teapot. After travelling in Europe, we came back and told her that her tea shoppe was superior to many that we visited in the UK. She went into the kitchen and we could hear her tell the other ladies that "the girls thought OUR tea was better than Europe". We were the girls. Fantastic.

And then, the first week of April something terrible happened. She annoucned she was leaving - forever. She had worked there for over 14 years, and she was ready to have her freedom (and her Saturday's back). While we did feel quite bad about the Saturdays, we were very, very sad.

It's like one of those things you just count on - like the seasons changing, or Christmas every year. And when it changes, it's kind of shattering.

So last week we said our goodbyes.


And this week we couldn't go back. It was too soon. Maybe next week.

5 comments:

Laura said...

still grieving.

Spiro said...

Oh no! where is this tea shop? Not the one in white rock...

Sharelle said...

yup that's the one Spi - where we took you.

It will still be open, but no Wilhemena.

It's okay - I think we'll be able to learn to love her replacement. But something about your community (even of strangers) changing is very odd.

Lana Vug said...

Aww so sad! I didn't know you went there most Saturday's - I would have joined you - you know how much I love Tea!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Sharelle ~ I love everything about this post . . . tea rooms, friendships with older and younger women, being called "the girls."

When I was in college we went to this little ice cream shop (5 cents a scoop - really), the lady was old and very grouchy and we made it our goal to become her friend. It took awhile, but eventually we became "the girls."