March 7, 2012
It’s a Drum Mountain Clouds and Mist Kind of Day
The winds have picked up now that it’s the beginning of March. If I look up in the sky there is almost no trace of blue today, just a big gray covering of clouds and mist. Normally, I’d be put to sleep by this kind of weather. But, last night I experienced the sweetness of uninterrupted sleep. Parents of little ones understand the golden moment when your baby starts sleeping through the night. I almost feel the relief that first time parents get when this happens, but it’s our third child. Needless to say, I’ve come accustomed to the “clouds and mist” of sleepless nights. But, today the drum started beating, like one from a far off mountain that brightens up your spirit by it’s deep resounding tone and yet calming rhythm. Maybe I will start calling this the “serenity drum,” since it seems that’s what the tea does.
So, today I salute to slumber and serenity, drinking a pot of my favorite Chinese green tea, Drum Mountain Clouds and Mist. The light green tea has noble leaves with a rich green tint, showing they were grown in an area of the Drum Mountain where the clouds hide the light of the sun as the misty fog rolls over the tea bushes. The sweet taste of this tea tricks my palate into believing I sweetened it with some kind of honeydew blossom water. Whatever that taste really is, I don’t know, but it sure feels like serenity on this clouded day.