© 2010 Marica

Ordering tea

Mis-communication is so easy when you’re in an unfamiliar environment. Different accents, different use of language, different ways of doing things – they all contribute to a sense of not being sure about what you are hearing or seeing.

I thought it was simple. We wanted two jasmine teas and one green tea with our lunch that we were ordering.

“Tea bags or flowers?” asked the man behind the counter.

What I expected, and what I thought I had asked for, was not what we were served.

I had thought flowers meant leaves because this is what I was familiar with.

Imagine my surprise when I saw what was in our mug – a dried flower. Slowly the flower unfolded as it became more hydrated.

We all drank our teas with a smile on our face. They were the perfect compliment to our Vietnamese meal.

Can you guess which mug was the green tea and which one was the jasmine tea?

09. Every day learn something new.
14. Every day the ordinary can be the extraordinary.
17. Every day look through a new lens.

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