Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tea in the Library # 6

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.
In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.
I liked the Irish way better.”  
C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman    


  1. Would you like to come over to sit in my garden for a cup of tea? It will be no trouble.

    But, I don't have any dishes as lovely as yours.

  2. Hi, There's nothing finer then a cup of tea. Protocol is the same way in England as well as in Iran. I am a guest of many Persian people who make the most delicious tea.
    Thank you for sharing. There is nothing more delicious then a cup of tea with a friend!

  3. lol! loved reading about the Irish tea time tidbit! I would love to share a cup of tea with a friend anytime...especially in a pretty little dainty cup like yours:) I believe I have a similar one in a shade of pink! Thanks for visiting me! Have a lovely week ahead!~Poppy

  4. Loved this story and I can imagine it happening too. Just finished a book that was set in Ireland!


  5. I love this! From now own, if someone says no, I'm making tea anyway, ...
    I'd like to end up in the kitchen.

  6. I'm a Southern girl of Scots-Irish descent. The Irish dialogue sounds soooo southern! The American dialogue sounds just like my California-reared son in a conversation we had recently! I find it so rude! I was planning to talk with him about it soon. Maybe it's more of a cultural thing, but I still think we'll have that talk! :-)

  7. Thanks Susan for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad I found yours and I just started following you. Well it sounds like Cuban people are a little bit like your friends in the Irish story. I can see my mom doing that, lol.


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