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Traveling can be tricky for me if the region or hotel doesn’t serve sweet-iced tea. Headaches ensue, and I find I am more disagreeable. Because I am not a bubbly happy gal at my best, I can in a withdrawal state present a problem for others around me.

Let’s break it down. Sugar and I go way back. I know sugar has a bad name, and nutritionist cringe.

I was raised on sweet-iced tea instead of milk with meals. Bless mom’s soul. She loved to bake, and a cake or pie was always on the countertop near the breakfast bar dad fashioned from scrap lumber. She and daddy would talk and eat dessert at midnight after we, their wayward children, finally went to bed.

I digress.

I compromised how I make my tea a few years ago with boiling raw sugar and guava, a natural sweetener, in the tea water, and I added real lemon slices to cut the acid. (By the way, I have a special saucepan for this process.)

The bottom line: most foods don’t taste the same without my tea. For example, an egg salad sandwich or a BLT lacks the endorphin kick without tea and potato chips.

I am addicted. I am ok with it. It could be whiskey I crave. Tea comforts me like petting a dog.

I control my environment since I retired from law enforcement. I allow myself quiet every day. Sometimes, I nap, but the joy of simple food with my beverage of choice, and a peaceful mind can’t be beat.

7 thoughts on “MY SWEET ICED TEA and ME

    1. Hi Woody,
      How goes life? Are you the Woody who attended the Methodist Church/ Morningside in the 60s?

      1. Guilty as charged, I am that Woody. I am a retired civil servant living in central Florida. There are 9 grand kids in my life. Twice married and life is good. I cycle 150 miles a week with friends. And like everyone else, we are dealing with the new normal. (pandemic) I remember you and your family very well. Life truly does fly by. I was blessed with good health. And every day….is a good day!

      2. Finally, I found this reply from you. So glad you are healthy and living the dream. From you photos I see you’re part of a family of beautiful women. Nine grandchildren WOW! Kathy is married to a retired firemen and living in south GA. She has 2 grown sons and a step-son. Her health is not great, fibromyalgia. She was a phenomenal teacher for over 25 years.(My mother got her GED in her 40s and graduated from college to teach hearing impaired in Atlanta and south GA.) Kathy helps Hispanic families in her community with interpreting English documents and has tutored children. The cycle of giving back goes on.-Lynn

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