Even as a little girl I couldn't wait to open my presents at Christmas, and often I didn't. If there was a way to untape that little flap on the end of the gift where my mom couldn't tell, I would be all in it. Later on, I got skilled at shaking and detecting. One year, I shook a large shirt box and heard a rattling sound inside. I guessed, correctly, that mom had stuck a jewelry box inside a large towel and wrapped the whole thing in a shirt box. But today I have a different kind of question regarding whether or not to open a gift!
My friend Liz (the shop owner and decorator) e-mailed a few weeks back to say she'd just come from the flea market where she'd found my Christmas present. I told her I was delighted and knew I would love it, and indeed I do! As we headed out to see "The Young Victoria" the other night, she handed me a beautifully wrapped gift box. It was wrapped in burlap fabric, tied with raffia, embellished with berries, eucalyptus leaves and Christmas greenery, and featured a vintage bird design tag. I *really* should have taken a photo.
At any rate, this vintage tin of Luzianne tea is what was inside!
I wanted you to see all four sides of the tin, so here's the fourth side.
But here's my dilemma. I was riding along and pondering how to get the top off the tea tin when I suddenly heard a familiar rattling sound and realized that, of all things, there is still tea inside and this tin has never been opened! Turns out, this string can be pulled to open the (ancient) tin of tea. But should I? My friend Judy piped in from the back seat to say that yes, of course I should open it and drink it! (I don't think Judy is trying to polish me off, by the way, just curious about the tea!) Liz seemed to maybe be siding with me that no, I should keep it in the original condition. Now I'm certain I won't drink the tea (decades in a metal tin would probably not be a good or safe thing), but I would indeed like to know what it looks like and even if it would brew up properly after all this time. So I need your help here. Would you open the tin?