I have a good friend who wrote an amazing book about friendships and tea. What she shared in her compelling story, which eventually was made into a hallmark movie is, sometimes when life gets crazy, you need to have a great cup of tea! Ginnie is not doing to well right now, and prayers are needed. She has been one of my most cherished and beloved friends.
Ginnie is one of the most positive women I have ever met, the story of how I met her is personally one of my most vivid memories in this crazy journey we call life. It was a rainy day in Dallas, Texas and I was there travelling on business. I recall it was a Saturday, and I had no real plans until my meetings on Monday. Leading the crazy hectic life I do, I realized I actually had some ME time, and that led me to take a trip to the local Barnes and Noble bookstore ( remember when we had those all over the place). This particular bookstore was located across from North Park Mall in Dallas for those of you who are familiar with the area.
As I walked into the store, I was drawn to a very intriguing book display- It was complete with a tea-pot, a beautiful table cloth and a lace table top dropper. The book display was featured a book called “Ida Mae Tutwiller and The Travelling Tea Party.” Here is a bit about of her book:
This is a book about love, the abiding love between mothers and daughters, and the passionate love between a man and a woman.
But mostly, it’s about the special love between best friends forever. Woven through the tapestry of a life-long friendship is the story of quiet, reserved Ida Mae Tutweiler and flamboyant daytime TV star Jane Tetley. It’s about life, death, hope, and about the comfort to be found in a nice hot cup of tea. And the author has even included a selection of recipes for your own special tea-time.
Please take a look at this site to get a copy of this wonderful story.
I immediately purchased the book and once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Ginnie managed to stir every emotion of what I believe true friendship is. I knew I had to meet her. I had no idea how I was going to do this, but I put it out to the Universe, and knew that I would meet her. As I was preparing to head back to California after two days of grueling meetings, I thought to try and find the woman who I could not stop thinking about. The inside cover of the book, stated that the book was published by the Republic of Texas Press. I contacted them, spoke to a very nice man and explained if he would help me contact Ms. Bivona. He stated that she was an editor there, and connected me to her voice mail. I left a message that started something like, ” you don’t know me but…… your book has changed my life and brought me so much joy…”
Just as I was heading to the airport I received a call from Ginnie, we spoke my entire cab ride to the airport, we promised to meet up when I was back in Dallas in a few weeks. We enjoyed our first face to face meeting over a cup of tea at the Crescent Hotel in Dallas. Over the years as our friendship has evolved, Ginnie is truly an integral part of the fabric that makes me who I am today.
As Ginnie always has said to me, when all else fails, grab a friend and a cup of tea!