For some of us, the vision of a tea kettle sitting on the stove reminds us of grandparents who have the time to make a pot of tea, place cookies on a plate, set the table with cups, saucers, and cake plates, and then sit down to spend time with us. The whistle on the tea kettle signals that we would have tea and just relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Today, with the electric tea kettle the wait for tea has been shortened. Usually, a cup is made quickly and most electric kettles do not whistle but rather “pop” a noise/sound to signal that water is boiling. So if the tea kettle symbolizes time stopped to enjoy a ritual of a hot drink with people one loves, then why aren’t more brides and grooms-to-be registering for tea kettles on their wedding registries?
We were invited to six weddings this past year and not one couple wanted a tea kettle. Is tea-time, sitting with loved ones and friends, and sharing a cup of hot tea something that is over?