I love this book, because one of my favorite hobbies is collecting teacups. I like to display teapots and teacups in my home. They just make me feel good, and they are so beautiful.
In her book, "If Teacups Could Talk", Emilie Barnes covers a lot about the tradition of tea time. She encourages us to enjoy not only the tea, but the ritual of tea. She says it's important to slow down long enough to savor the experience--even if we are alone. She also talks about the special closeness, intimacy, and friendship that accompanies the enjoyment of a cup of tea.
She covers the history of tea, and her own personal memories of her mother making tea. My favorite chapter is the one where she acknowledges that teacups are fragile, but warns that life is also fragile. Both are to be enjoyed and treasured. She talks about how it is a risk to leave her teacups out. It's a risk to use them, and let others use them, but it is a risk she chooses to take. She says that once we get past the fragility of teacups, we can begin to use them as a token of friendship, warmth, and kindness. I have come to this conclusion about so many things in life, the older I get. Beautiful things should be used, and appreciated, not treated like museum pieces.
This is a lovely hardback book to read, and a nice one to display as well.