Put the kettle on

...The best use of your hands is always love. The best way to say you love is always time. The best time to love is always now.
— "The Broken Way" By: Ann Voskamp
Photo Credit:  Vanna Dutch

Photo Credit: Vanna Dutch

Do you remember the nursery rhyme "Polly Put The Kettle On".

Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea.
Sukey take it off again,
Sukey take it off again,
Sukey take it off again,
They’ve all gone away.

It's a great nursery rhyme to me because there's two girls having tea together. The art of tea time is a light snack between meals.

The origin of afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (my claim to fame because the Duke and Duchess of Bedford are Russell's--my surname), in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry (she probably had a low-blood sugar) around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. - Historic UK 


Tea time is not observed in America except for a special occasion where you make reservations and visit a tea room. My time in England gave me a great appreciation for all things tea. One of these traditions that I love is that a friend can pop by and immediately the host will offer tea and say, "Shall I will put the kettle on?". I love the simplicity of what this phrase means. Sitting down with something warm invokes warm feelings of togetherness. Whatever you fancy and enjoy, invite a girlfriend over and share life together. Whether you're forever friends or a new acquaintance open up  and share life. There is nothing sweeter than forming a sisterhood. We are stronger together, so offer to put the kettle on. 

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Crystal, Founder, and Visionary at All of Us Matter

“A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.”
— Isadora James

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Crystal Russell