But in summer used to come aunt Laura, always accompanied by tea, coffee donuts and “La Violeta” candies. She used to prepare a huge pot and give us each a bit, serving the beverage in our cups directly from hers. Even in pijamas, we climbed on a stool to reach a glass cup. And we went secretly out of Laura’s room with a cup of tea.
Today has been a rainy day; one of those cold and annoying ones which are so typical of the North. When I saw the way it was bucketing down, I preferred to take the underground instead of going on bicycle, so as to open my umbrella. However, when I came back home the rain was leaking through my heels, leaving a trace of water on the floor. And just then, when my whole body was cold and numb, I had a hot shower, dried my back with big towel, put my flannel trousers on, wrapped a blanket around my shoulders and bundled up my neck in a shawl, still smelling the scent of the cologne.
I took the cup with both hands, warming my face with the smell of raspberry. And I sat in my favourite chair, listening to RY X and enjoying the truce of the house once again. Let’s get the day off to a good start enjoying a cup of tea.
A hug from Palma
Copyright Luisa Fernández Baladrón