On Friday, Nora and Tessa and Brook
had the day off…a rare treat.
And they decided to make the treat a sweet one
by taking in an honest-to-goodness Afternoon Tea
at the Clock Tower Bakery in Overland Park.
I saw pictures, so I know its true.
There were savery treats. There were sweat treats.
And there was tea. It was oh so delicious. Lucky girls.
They had huge smiles on their faces. Lots of fun.
It reminded me that I heard once
about how some African-American faith communities
have a marvelous expression they like to share:
May your saucer always be full.[i]
You remember saucers, don’t you?
–Those little plates we use with a tea cup or a coffee cup?
Even though coffee these days, at least in my office,
is mostly consumed straight from a mug
or sometimes, worse, from cardboard cups with plastic sippy lids
and corrugated cup holders,
we can sometimes see saucers with cups of tea.
I even have a few in my cupboard.
Just in case there’s anyone here who is etiquette-challenged,
the whole point of a saucer is to catch whatever liquid happens to slosh over
the rim of the cup.
The fuller the cup, the more likely one is to slosh.
Hence the expression: May your saucer always be full.
May your cup always be full. So full, its OVERFLOWING.
This is an appropriate blessing to offer to a couple who is about to marry, I think.