Another pot of tea means another tour of duty as “kettle sitter” to keep watch and know when the water has boiled. I tell people I watch the kettle so I don’t have to endure that screeching whistle sound, but maybe it’s really to give me time to unravel the secrets of the universe. So far, I’ve pondered spillage, something and nothing, loud versus soft, one more task, humor, the importance of speed control, flat tires, and flexibility. All weighty subjects. What’s next? Hm, the whole idea of suspending disbelief (glossing over the unbelievable to be able to continue forward) comes to mind.
Ever watch a movie and see something so outrageous that you say to yourself “Suspend disbelief, suspend disbelief”? It becomes a sort of mantra to get you through without too much giggling and disturbing those around you. Further, when we watch movies, we put out of our minds that they’re movies. We get caught up in the events playing out and feel as if we are a part of the world thereby created on the screen.
This mindset kicks in at tea time when my thirst has reached its peak and the kettle can’t boil fast enough and then there’s still the steeping time — oh, dear! — to bring out that “teaness” from the leaves, and I open up the package of one of my favorite teas only to find…
Aaaaagh! How can this happen? It can’t be real. Someone is pulling a trick on me, yes, a trick, that’s what it is. Where is that hidden camera? What movie special effects team has been at work in my tea pantry?
Thus, the mantra starts “Suspend disbelief, suspend disbelief.” I look in the package again. Still empty. “Suspend disbelief, suspend disbelief.” Still empty. My mantra wasn’t working. Sigh, okay, I give up and face reality. This is no trick, no setup to catch me on hidden camera, no movie silliness. It’s life, and the practical side of me takes over. I’ll steep another tea and make sure that this empty tea gets reordered pronto!
Maybe suspending disbelief isn’t such a good idea after all. Maybe staying focused on reality is better. That way, I will not put an empty tea package back in the tea pantry but will throw it away and write the tea name on my shopping list. That way, I will start prepping tea far enough ahead of my need so that I don’t feel so rushed. Most importantly, that way, I will put the scones in the oven so that they will be ready when the tea is ready.
Let’s see…6 minutes to boil the water…5 minutes to steep the tea…3 minutes to preheat the oven…12 minutes to bake…if the train from Pittsburgh leaves the station at 8 am heading West at 80 mph…uh, wait, let me start over. That was 6 minutes to boil…
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