A Nice Cuppa with British Bertie
“What isss this???”
My neighbor, old Bertie from England, was back from her trip. During her absence, my wife and I had thoroughly cleaned her apartment, a decision we took spontaneously after having peeked inside.
After the surprise, self-satisfied and smiling, I put a tea tray on the table. Immediately, Bertie’s facial expression changed from benevolent astonishment to deep shock: “I have nevvver! Evvver! Seen annnything! Like thisss! Befooore!”
She was struggling to find words that expressed her disgust.
“Hot water? Served in cups? With teabags on the side!! Is this how you serve tea??? What aaare you thinking???”