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#SoCS – Tea, no matter what


When, as a child, I questioned the wisdom of drinking hot tea on a hot day, my parents told me that it made you sweat, which is better. Back then we didn’t have an air conditioner in the house. They weren’t really a “thing” in my neighbourhood, at least outside of public buildings. We never had a window unit and didn’t get central air until the late 70s, early 80s.

My parents came from the UK–let’s get that out of the way. They HAD to have their tea. So even when it was 90 degrees outside, we’d be sitting with our cuppa, vying for a spot where there was a bit of a wind to cool off our sweaty skin. All stiff-upper-lip/do-it-because-it-feels-good-when-you-stop behaviour.

But that’s turned out to be a good thing. I can’t stand iced (or cold) coffee, but I’ve been conditioned to bear the heat of summer AND a scorching hot drink. I’ve learned to appreciate that extra layer of perspiration that cools me off when I come in contact with even the slightest of breezes.

Or I drink it in an air conditioned room.

Because who needs a stiff upper lip when you have A/C?

BUT, having said that, I still take my cup of tea upstairs to bed with me every night. I have a fan on my bedside table that blasts me with cool air.

Ingenuity is the boon of all that ails.


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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

27 thoughts on “#SoCS – Tea, no matter what

  1. I grew up with tea always on regardless of temperatures. It was the “go to” drink of choice.


  2. BLEH. lol
    I cannot. No no no. In the a/c I have a cup or two of coffee, but then on days like today, when it’s 82 and I go out, ONLY COLD DRINKS. I understand we’re all different, and whatever works for you pleases me as well, but oh, I cannot.
    Now, cold drinks and ice cream are completely fine when it’s freezing outside πŸ˜‰


  3. On warm or hot days, I put my herbal tea bag in a cup of room temperature water. It just needs a little more time to be ready. Like sun tea without the sun.


  4. Nice job with your prompt, Linda.

    I grew up without A/C, but I am happy to have it now. I enjoy a cup of tea at night, but not in the heat of summer.


    • Thanks, Dan. πŸ˜€ I went without A/C when I moved into this house seven years ago. The heat was so bad, it affected my brain. I don’t remember it doing that when I was a kid. Now with one window unit in the kitchen and a bunch of carefully placed fans, I’m able to cool off the entire house. It’s lovely!

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  6. Hey way to go Sis… Hang on I am English but I hate tea. πŸ’œ


  7. I drink tea every night too! Its the done thing here in Ireland! like the UK we drink a lot of tea!


  8. My dad always said that it was a good thing to drink a hot beverage on a hot day. I thought he was crazy. I drink hot water with lemon in the morning followed by about 4 cups of coffee, then I drink water the rest of the day and switch to tea in the evening. Sometimes I think I’m going to float away πŸ™‚


  9. Gotta love a cuppa!!!

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  10. Interesting indeed. I always thought the English drank tea, well one because they did (while american’s drank coffee) but because the tea heated you up to the temp around you therefore making it more bearable. That’s what one english woman told me anyway. I used to drink tea on hot days and found that to be so. Perhaps it was the wind cooling the now overheated me. who knew?!

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