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Happy - day after - Mother's Day by Gail Gastelu

Monday, May 12th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Happy - day after - Mother's Day!! 

Hubby and I are preparing to be "empty nesters" come September. After 29 years of marriage and 22 years of it with children, it will surely be an adjustment for all of us, but it is time.  As a mother, I can tell you with all sincerity, there is no greater privilege or better job in life than motherhood. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a "working mom" the job is intense and the most important job on earth--and the most rewarding. 

When I had my first child (22 years ago!), I could not believe the feelings that consumed me and overwhelmed me after coming home with our little bundle of joy.  A friend from work called me and we talked about how incredibly wonderful the feeling was. It is not something easily explained to people without children. And I am sorry for those who cannot or have not had the experience. But, I can remember that first conversation with another mother so clearly in my mind.  Her support and encouragement to me at the time was needed and appreciated. Different from the support I received from my own mom. The support of other moms, my age, has always been a unique and special connection where we all learned from one another, discussed every minor worry or concern and every wonder as we experienced it.

It is funny when I discuss things with my friends now. We all seem to have looked up to one another for a little something. A few things I appreciated most were from my dietician friend and watching as she always put out a perfectly/nutritionally balanced meal for her kids/our kids when they were together. And for introducing me to the wonders of the local library, reading programs, and rec department. Free or cheap ways to do things with your kids. We practically lived at the library and town rec department (located in the same building as the library) when they were young. Every one of my friends has given me something, helped me in some way. We have definitely created a support system over the years.  And now, as we all face changes, college years, empty nesting, we move on to a new chapter and a new "support" system. I am so thankful to have been living in one place long enough to have developed these bonds.  Of course I thank my own mother as well. Her support, love, and encouragement for all things in my life has been far more than I can put into words here.

So this has nothing at all to do with tea. Except that most of us enjoy tea with our moms, our kids, our grandkids. I hope you can continue to find ways to stay connected through tea.

What else? I haven't blogged in a few weeks. It's been crazy around here! Getting ready for World Tea Expo and the World Tea Awards, working on lots of new things here at THT, catching up with MATBA, and trying to settle two kids into college moves for September, and prom coming up, and two graduations (1 college and 1 high school). And I'm behind reporting on "A Day in My Shoes" for the coffee experiences - but that is a pet project, so y'all need to wait for an update. : )

My latest piece for World Tea News - actually the last piece I planned for my California Dreamin' blog series may be found by clicking here

World Tea Awards final voting is in process until May 19. Attendees of World Tea Expo are receiving links via email to vote.  It's important, so please take the time to do it soon - preview the ballot (click here) so you know who to vote for when you receive and view the voting link. BTW, the awards dinner is expected to sell out by Tues/Wed this week, so grab your tickets today. (If you are already registered to attend World Tea Expo, find your confirmation email and re-enter the system to add dinner tickets to your registration.) Or click here for more details.

I hope you have had a chance to meet our new Guest Blogger - Ruby RedHat, official mascot of the Red Hat Society. What an honor to have her with us! Too much fun.  Follow along here:

I do hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with your own children or with your mom or anyone special to you.  Have a great week!

For the Love of Tea



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GAIL GASTELU is Publisher of The Tea House Times, Producer of continuing education and among other numerous products and services to connect businesses and consumers to everything tea. Gail lives in NJ with her husband and two children. Her motto is "Just Do It!"  Learn more about Gail's work here.

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