I met a woman from Australia this past weekend. It reminded me of one of my former customers that had family in Australia. Her only granddaughter lived over 19 hours away by plane. Not exactly an easy plane ride, too far to see them often and a time change that’s not exactly conducive to phone calls either.
This customer found a unique way to share a tea party with her granddaughter. She purchased two identical children’s tea sets from the tearoom, sent one to her granddaughter in Sydney and arranged for tea time on Tuesdays at 10am. Both of these tea sets are available on Amazon the green hatbox set HERE and the pink and white basket owl set HERE.
Every Tuesday at 10am Sydney time, my customer would set her table with the child’s tea set, propped up her cellphone on the tabletop to show the tea service, then placed a call to Sydney.
On the other side of the world, her daughter would set their table with the identical tea set waiting for their Skype/FaceTime phone call. Inadvertently, my friend taught her granddaughter patience – she learned to wait for the party each week, accountability – she learned to tell time and use a calendar to schedule her week around her tea party with grandma, and tenacity – she learned that each week, if she waited, grandma would be there.
Best of all, each week my friend connected with her granddaughter over tea…..sharing stories…..comparing notes…..loving each other from a distance. But most importantly, she found a way to stay connected and enjoy each other’s company if only through the wonder of technological devices.
Isn’t technology great?