For just a few moments, time stands still. I am no longer the busy mother – I become Lady Elizabeth, and my tea companions are no longer my little girls – they become the most lovely acquaintances to converse with: Lady Priscilla, Princess Mae, and Lady Esther.
For just a few moments, we have the most elegant tea, surrounded by the finest things to be seen. We exchange news of our travels; one has traveled to
Washington and England, another across the Great Sea to a new, strange land, and another to , to visit a Queen and her friends. We discuss the wonders of this modern era: the new steam engine and the telephone. Michigan
For just a few moments, we use the best of manners, and give each other the most lavish gifts – hand-woven silk handkerchiefs from
, the most exquisite hand-painted miniature tea cups, and the finest Egyptian parchment. We have the grandest of times. We tell stories, laugh at old jokes, and revel in each other’s captivating company. India
Remember, dear ones, you are your child's favorite toy...