“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” ~ Chaim Potok
Over a fine cup of Darjeeling the other day, I thought about how often I heard the phrase, “I’ll put the kettle on,” when I lived in England. A surprise visit, a day’s disappointment,
trouble brewing, an invitation to chat — tea always made everything better. One had to wait patiently for the water to boil, and if you were lucky, part of your reward was that friendly whistle with a sudden burst of steam.
I miss this bit of antiquity, since these days many prefer to use their microwaves or electric kettles for almost instant hot water. Gone are those few extra minutes of anticipation, of slowing down, that cosmic link to hearths of yore. And those old kettles, especially the copper ones, had so much personality!
by Nancy Byrd Turner
Life is full of changes,
Years are hard and long;
But the world’s teakettles
Keep their old song:
The same good humming
That they’ve hummed, nights and days,
Since a woman set the first one
Over a blaze.
Oh, the long pleasure
Their music has been
To calm cats purring
With their paws folded in:
To gray grandmothers
In the twilight sitting,
Feet on a cricket,
Hands full of knitting;
To children nodding, nodding
At the edge of a dream,
Their heads all misty
In a silver steam!
Time, change, weather–
None of those things
Can make much trouble
When a teakettle sings!
After reading this poem, my first thought was: Can you tell a person by their kettle?
As for me, I’d like to own all of those — a kettle for every mood, a different whistle depending on the company. I still have my very first kettle (Revere-ware stainless steel) and the Holstein kettle I used at our old house. These days, our kettle of choice reflects our maturity and sophistication. When the water is ready, the kettle blows a loud Steamboat Willie train whistle that always startles the guests. They laugh with relief and then the real fun begins. ☺
♥ The lovely Laura Salas is today’s Roundup host at Writing the World for Kids. Enjoy all the nourishing poems on the menu and have a good weekend. ☺
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P.S. Don’t forget to put the kettle on!
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