Today, a good friend had a college friend visit from another city, and my friend wanted to introduce us. I of course invited them to come to my home for tea.
I set out a gongfu tea set and prepared some Laocong Shuixian Yancha ("Old Varietal Daffodil Scent Rock Tea"). When my friends arrived, I started brewing and serving. We talked for hours!
This made me reflect - is tea the perfect social activity? Drinking tea slows us down and pulls us into the moment, relaxes us, gives everyone something to do, lets the host use her hands to prepare and serve a treat to her guests without retreating to a kitchen, and lets us show off our style and taste with the tea set we prepare.
After drinking tea and sharing stories for an afternoon, who wouldn't become friends?