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March Madness & Mint Fruit Tea

March 1, 2011

The first day of the meteorological Spring & March Madness indeed. Mad as a Thackery Earwicket… excuse me, as a March Hare, constantly nerve-wracked & completely delirious. Did you know that Thackery Earwicket is the March Hare’s actual name in Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland…the book, that is, not the movies.

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My sons & I were partial to the poem Jabberwocky (I can still recite the entire poem!):

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe…

I have a copy annotated by Humpty Dumpty. No, I’m not kidding.
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Books & poetry are quite appropriate since March is National Reading Month. Break out of the usual dime-store novel practice & pick up a book of poetry. My favorite is A Great Big Ugly Man Came Up & Tied His Horse To Me. Again, no, I’m not kidding – it’s packed away somewhere with so many of the boys’ books.

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I love children’s books, particularly poetry for children. Instead of the deep insight & frou frou English Literary criticism, most children’s poetry is just for fun. It’s an opportunity to be silly, be fun & draw the illusive creative being into the light of day. Kids are so busy being instructed as to how to read, write & ‘rithmetic, how to run, pitch, kick, how to be citizens of the planet, how to make a difference in their community they often forget (or are not allowed) to be kids, to make-believe, to dream.

Over-programming of kids was bad when my guys were young; now I imagine it’s worse.
Do kids get to lie on their backs under a blue sky & find the animal shapes in the clouds? Do they get to stand outside in the rain & build dams in the street gutters until the pool of water is deep enough to cover their shoes? (I really had fun when the boys were young…maybe I need to go play in the rain…)

Sit down & read to your kids, your grandkids, your neighbor’s kids. Don’t leave them in front of the electronic tranquilizer (otherwise known as a television set) being taught by people you don’t know that boxed cereal is nutritious, ugly language is acceptable, & God & Jesus are swear words. The greatest gift you can give your child is the ability to read – reading is the key to education. If they can read they can do anything! If one can read one does not have to accept what others say is true – read & find out for yourself. The love of reading is for a lifetime.

Thanks for reading this…

Mint Fruit Tea

Since we first met our mad March Hare at a tea party, how about some tea…

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Water
  • 4 regular size Tea Bags
  • 12 fresh Spearmint sprigs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice
  • 5 cups cold Water

Instructions:

  1. Bring 3 cups of water to boil; add tea bags.
  2. Boil 1 minute; add mint & steep 14 minutes.
  3. Discard tea bags & mint.
  4. Add sugar.
  5. Pour into 1 gallon heat-proof container; add orange juice, lemon juice & cold water.
  6. Chill; serve over ice.

Sparkling Fruited Mint Tea

  • Pour tea over ice into ice tea glass.
  • Top with a splash of sparkling water or ginger ale.
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    2 Comments
    1. March 1, 2011 4:49 am

      Nice recipe for tea, I think I’ll have to give it a go it sounds very refreshing!

    2. Pam permalink
      March 2, 2011 9:58 am

      There is a wonderful site, visited by brilliant (!) people…..wwww.lewiscarroll.org. Just 2 days ago
      I was looking. I learned about Charles Dodgson there.

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