One of my favorite summer time chores was gathering mint for Mother. My brother and I would take a bucket and two sharp knives and walk into the meadow, following the creek, past the weeping willow trees, to the bank where the mint grew in profusion.
When we heard the Tetley Tea commercial on the radio, we sometimes sang along, remembering the leaves closest to the ground when we bent over them with our knives:
You’ll love those tiny little tea leaves in Tetley
Tiny little tea leaves
In Tetley Tea!
When I wrote about summertime in my magical childhood, I remembered “meadow tea” made, not from Tetley, but from our own tiny little leaves along the creek.
I have my own bed of mint now, and when I make a pitcher full of meadow tea, I love the idea that I am really drinking sunshine and rain, the meadow and the creek.
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