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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Teatime

Not for the shy or faint of heart . . .
Recently, there had been a lot of press about women nursing their babies.
Usually because it has been carried to extreme lengths.
I nursed my babies.
And loved doing it.
But this isn't a commentary about that.
Though it is about 'extremes'.
Maybe I should explain . . .
A veterinarian friend of my father's had stopped in for a chat.
An immigrant from the UK, he was very fond of his tea.
My father offered him a cup.
Uncharacteristically, he declined. With a slight shudder.
Dad stared at his friend. What could possibly have put Dr. Ilovemytea off his favourite beverage?
The friend realized that he had aroused Dad's curiosity and an explanation was in order. He told Dad that he had just come from a vet call to a farm at the furthest border of his practice. 'Out in the sticks', you might say. His veterinarian business had been concluded.
And successful.
Hoping to prolong what was, to her, the highlight of a normally solitary day, the woman of the household had invited Dad's friend into her front room for a visit. She had recently given birth to a fine son and was anxious to share her story with someone.
All was well.
She and baby were thriving. Baby was nursing well and growing rapidly.
The woman offered the doctor a quick cup of tea before he began the long trek back to town.
Happily, he accepted.
The tea was brewed.
The woman brought it in and set it in front of her guest. “Would you like milk?” she asked.
Dad's friend said that, indeed, yes, he would love milk.
Whereupon (good word) the woman flipped out a breast and squirted some milk into the doctor's tea.
He blinked. Well . . . at least it was fresh.
As the story unfolded, Dad burst into laughter.
“So, did you drink it?” he asked his friend.
“Of course,” the doctor said.
“How was it?”
“Well, it tasted just fine,” he said. “Put me off a bit. But tasted fine.”
“Well,” Dad said, “You're braver than I am!”
Tea, anyone?

22 comments:

  1. I think I just threw up in my mouth.

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  2. OMG NOOOOO thank you! No tea for me!

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    1. Yeah. I'll just have a glass of water.

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  3. Good thing I am alone reading this - I just screamed! Ugh!
    You told this so well - I was expecting something to be wrong with a cow - I didn't see THAT coming.

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    1. You're right. Sick cow. That's usually where I go! :)

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  4. Highly ... unorthodox ... to put it mildly!

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    1. Hmm . . . the word of the day. Unorthodox!

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  5. Well, now we know why she lived out in the sticks! :)

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    1. Not something you'd expect to see here in town. Or ever!!!

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  6. Won't get anything like that at Starbucks...

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    1. I wonder how that would be listed . . .
      Maybe an EXpresso?

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  7. I will never drink tea again.

    Which actually works out just fine since I don't like it anyway!

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  8. Okay I'm only admitting this to you my friend. I once pulled a prank on my husband many many years ago. Let's just say he likes cream with his coffee. One taste and he spit it out, guess he was bottle fed. I did tell him though or else what fun would it have been. Let's just say payback wasn't fun.

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    1. Heehee! Sounds like a story for a blog post! :)

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  9. I've heard that human breast milk is sweeter than cow's milk, so he probably didn't need to add sugar at least.

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    1. Hmmm . . . well that's a bonus at least!

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  10. Love it. I did that once, but in the privacy of my own home. My husband and I were traveling and had arrived at our rented house only to find no milk and stores closed. I was breastfeeding and I can't go w/o my milk in coffee. Not so bad and certainly easier than rushing off to the store!

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    1. Here is where I admit that I toyed with the idea of expressing a cup of milk to put in my older kids' breakfast shake. Just so they could have the immunizing effects. That's as far as I got, though . . .

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