That doesn’t mean I’ve only been grateful for three visits on this journey. That would defeat the purpose of what’s happening here. Matcha Time Cafe is one of my favorite places to visit (Part 1 and 2 can be found here) anywhere. It’s more than just my love for Ellicott City, (even though that only enhances experience) it’s a love of local business, and a the people behind it.
The space and time between this and the last visit was much less, and I suspect that this will continue. For this visit, it was a quiet Friday afternoon, unplanned, and in some ways my favorite of the three. But they’ve all been my favorite. Something about this had a feel, just like most experiences area. Something just felt safe, felt secure, felt even more safe, and felt like home.
This was just that much more safe, it was essential, and it was one of those feelings that can’t be explained.
We’re all in weird places from time to time. Hopefully for the most part we’re in harmonious ones that when we go somewhere safe and happy, that feeling is that much more amplified. Otherwise, a place like Matcha is just that much more needed. I don’t like that word ‘need’, because it represents lack. But sometimes those lacks need (oops) to be filled. That comes from within, but it helps to get assistance from friends, from good food, of course good tea, and sometimes from people you don’t even know.
You know when things are comfortable and great when you can relax and the owner (who is also a friend) is working off to the side, and we can enjoy some conversation, but even better in some instances, silence. I mean of course there was tea. Let me get to that now.
Ah it’s now really fall, and that means these endearing lists of teas, coffees, and ciders. And there’s is as charming as it gets. Funny how I’ve never had the Pumpkin Spice Tea from Matcha before, so let’s do it.
I had multiple cups and each one just tasted better than the other. And that speaks to the power and quality of the loose tea itself. If you can get multiple cups with lots of flavor remaining, all is good with the universe. I took my time with each cup. Then somewhere along the way…
Let’s have some chicken curry. What a perfect dish for this time of year. It was still bright enough outside and there’s this crisp coolness that just feels right, but also tells you that well, yeah not yet….
This food and tea combination felt like a home cooked meal. But in so many ways I felt like I was at home. This was happiness. I got comfortable, and maybe too comfortable, but is that such a bad thing?
I shouldn’t have to question joy. No one should. I’m in a place of healing and it take a while, maybe forever to be healed. Yet there’s always time to feel good and to feel better. I felt so good here. I lost track of time. I felt like I was here 20 minutes, yet I was here nearly three hours. That’s when you know peace. We’re capable of attracting so much peace and harmonious feelings regardless of what the outside world presents itself.
The view of the outside world on this day was pretty amazing. There was an outdoor wedding about to be held. It was cool to see the set-up to the start of the ceremony. Across the way live music was about to take place. I forgot this was a Friday, and fun things like that tend to happen. I could have stayed here, but maybe it was time to join the outside world. Well that and they were about to close.
I like to think they stayed opened longer so I could feel as safe as long as possible. Maybe I left before closing. I don’t remember. But I know I could have stayed there for a while. I did but you know, a while…
My friend gave me a hot apple cider to go, and it was beautiful. Cider is one of those comfort drinks that I should drink more often, but then maybe it wouldn’t feel so special. Again, happiness should never have an arbitrary amount of or anything like that. No.
I joined the concert with my cider, and I didn’t know a single soul, and it felt wonderful. I felt connected to everyone while not knowing anybody. Maybe somebody was going through something similar. Maybe because I’m a in a place I’m not a regular, that people smiled at me just to say, everything’s going to be ok. You’re ok. I hope so.
This day was more than ok. It was one of my favorites. My favorites are always the simplest ones, with a lot of good conversation, then a lot of peace, and that leads to inner peace, and inner joy. That’s the season for you.
There’s a lot of beautiful moments to come. I can feel it. No event is ever the same nor should it be attempted, but I can only hope for more amazing ones down the line.
I’ll treasure and savor this one forever…
Peace Be With You.