Do you remember the scene in "Gone With the Wind" where, during the fundraising bazaar for the Confederacy, Rhett Butler is walking around collecting trinkets to benefit "The Cause" and Melanie Wilkes says "Here Captain Butler. Take my wedding ring. It may help my husband more OFF my finger." Remember Melanie's selfless action? Well, that's not me. I'm more like Scarlett, whose guilty conscience caused her to add her own wedding ring to the collection basket only after she saw Melanie do so. I have to confess I didn't exactly feel like selfless Melanie when I read on Tea Party Girl recently about Operation Tea Time, which is collecting teawares for a May 16 tea party to benefit wounded soldiers at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. "They'll get my teacups when they pry 'em out of my cold, dead fingers," I thought.
Well, not really. Actually, a few events conspired to make me decide to send a donation. First, I like Tea Party Girl, and since she recommended this project, I wanted to help. Next, a ministry I admire sent its new newsletter, and this one suggested that if we have a problem with greed (and I'm not necessarily saying I do, mind you), we should try giving something away to someone else. Even my teacups? Surely not!
But then I searched online and found this post (on page 3) showing a wounded soldier enjoying last year's tea. One look at that photo and I said yep, I want to be a part of that! Because I have been greatly blessed with tea things, I am sending these cups and saucers as my small little "thank you" to the soldiers. You can read more about this effort at operationteatime.org, and if you want to help, too, you can send your donation of cups and saucers, teapots, sugar bowls and/or creamers to: Operation Tea Time, P.O. Box 1355, Bronx, NY 10471. Deadline is May 5. I'm sure I'll even feel pretty good about giving away teawares once the post office