Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tea Set from Korea

A few weeks ago I had a lovely email from my cousin Mike. Mike told me he was going to send me a tea set he bought while he was in Korea. He had bought it for his mom, but she died before he had a chance to give it to her. He said it was just sitting on a shelf in his closet and he didn't know what to do with it. He knew from reading my blog that I love tea, so he said he wanted to send it to me.

When I got a slip in the mailbox that I had a parcel I couldn't imagine what it was. When I went yesterday to pick it up and saw the return address I knew what it was.

My inclination was to just rip it open, but I put it on the dining room table, to wait until I had a moment where I could savor the unpacking. Something bought for a mother should be treated with respect.

So, late in the day, I sat down and cut open the package to find a shoe box carefully packed to cushion this box with its delicate cargo.

I love the graceful lines of this teapot, as well as the beautiful green color. It's a gorgeous set and I'm honored Mike sent it to me. He warned me I might not want to drink out of it since it was made in Korea and the lead content might be high, particularly since I'd be drinking an acidic beverage from it, which makes the danger of lead worse. However, that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it. It's a lovely curio and I'm so thankful to have it. What a lovely surprise.
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