“Do you fancy a cuppa?”
I think that might be my favorite Australian phrase. It always makes me smile and gives me a little thrill of excitement for it is the prelude to all manner of goodness: something hot and delicious to drink, a jolly soul to visit with, and a treasured break from the hustle and bustle of to-do lists and deadlines.
Sometimes my cuppa is a steaming mug of Earl Grey tea laced with raw sugar and a drizzle of milk.
Mostly it’s a Hazelnut Latte, no sugar, with an extra shot of espresso to muffle the sweetness of the syrup.
But this week I switched to a simple cappuccino layered with a thick froth of foam and dusted with cocoa.
It is a comforting drink, one you can sip dreamily without being distracted by strong flavors or heady aromas.
I really fancy it.
My favorite thing about a cuppa is that it always comes with a Permission Slip to slow down, sit awhile, and simply bask in the comfy presence and conversation of a good friend.
I find that a cuppa makes any conversation easier. It calms and settles the mind, freeing it to clarify thoughts that were previously muddled and indistinct. It gives a focal point for eyes to linger on if the turn of conversation requires a bit of silence or time to ponder. And if the meeting is a difficult one, a delicious drink can provide a bright spot in a dark moment.
Cuppas are good for solitary times too. How I love treating myself to some Alone-ness with my journal, a few books, and a large cup of something creamy and scrumptious. It never fails to restore rumpled spirits and renew my courage and happiness.
If you could take time for a cuppa right now, who would you like to meet with and what would you like to drink?