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Rifling through my pantry this morning, I discovered a small package of loose tea from Harney & Sons American Tea Company. I remember the day I bought it, driving through the Berkshires with my photographer friend, Barbara Rosen. She lost a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer five years ago and the tea was a memory I hadn’t wanted to part with. I wondered if tea ever went bad?
Clicking around their website, I learned that Harney and Sons tea does not have an expiration date, but the company recommends their product be consumed within two years of the “best by date” on the packages. Whoops. “If your tea is outside that window, there’s no harm in consuming it, however, it’s very likely the flavor and aroma will be very subdued.”
Happily, it wasn’t. In fact, it smelled as great as it tasted.
Holding the cup, I missed Barbara a little less and remembered a lot more. She once said, “If you want to reach me, put your hand over your heart and talk. I’m there.” So I did.
Cheers to you, my friend.
Renee Garrison is the award-winning author of The Anchor Clankers.
bill manning said:
Very nicely done, never had tea long enough to worry. Its nice to mention loved ones and friends by name as the final death of three deaths is when name is no longer mentioned. I truly believe loved ones are near and waiting patiently to be called by name. Keep creating your stories are awesome and your telling skills a gift.
You are very kind.
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Thank you – when I first met Barbara in New York, I was wearing YOUR camel coat!
Love this post Renee! And I miss you! We need to catch up.
Call me when your work schedule allows:-)
Alice Amason Budack said:
Beautiful Renee. I don’t recall conversations about your friend but knowing what a good friend you are to me, and knowing that exhibition of awareness extends to others, PLEASE know that your friendship is treasured! Love you MY FRIEND! Hope all is going well for you, Bob,and Barbara.
Thank you, my friend, for your lovely comment!