At Baltimore Coffee and Tea (here’s their tea collection and list of locations) there never seems to be a clock. Not that I’m looking for it. It’s more than when I’m here, I feel an ease and calm I don’t get everywhere.
The visits are always by happenstance (or are they?), where I don’t think about going, unless I think about going. The latter part is due to circumstances beyond my control? Maybe. If I’m in the vicinity of one then theme music might be going off in my head, and I hope to see the light…
The many visits before (stories can be found here) might tell of cozy and community feeling experiences. That’s exactly right.
They might also tell of enjoyment in solitude. That would be the case as well.
There’s happiness where it’s the simplest. What goes on here is also a separation from the commotion of the outside world. I’m not in the city, there’s little to no traffic, the noise is practically non existent, and all the cares and worries seem to disappear.
It’s like I’m the only person on Earth. Feelings like that come more times than we realize. Being selfish in that way is ok. We’ve all had those feelings where the world revolve around us and no one else, but not in that narcissistic sense so much. Just a feeling of we deserve and have earned a place to just be, and nothing else.
Forgetting when I was here at my favorite and original location in Timonium, while it always seems busy, it never seems crowded. There’s room for everybody. They say that without having to say that. Again, it’s just being.
The seasonal tastes of blueberries and lemons, is just right. There’s not much else to it, and on a day where you don’t want too much, don’t ask for too much, and in many cases just want to be alone or left alone, this is perfection.
My breakfast sandwich was just as yummy, and while that is for display, it also did go well with my tea. Not so much for pairings sake, but for my sake.
While the friendly patrons seem to know one another, and it would be nice to be in the know, it’s ok to be anonymous. In a world where we’re more and more connected, and everyone seems to know you or about you, it’s nice to remain hidden, even if it’s plain sight. It’s easier said and easier done. As small as the world it, it’s also so big. Just like our spirits.
I wish I could make every experience and story this simple. When I go back and look, they all tend to be. The teas may change, the locations may be different, the arrangements might be altered, but the story remains constant. I love tea, it’s a timeless joy that I enjoy partaking in and sharing with you.
I can’t wait to see what happens next…
Take good care…