Monday, August 11, 2008

TEA WITH C.S. LEWIS


"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
~C.S. Lewis

Have you ever been asked who you would like to meet in heaven? Well, I would like to ask, who would you like to have tea with in heaven?...Not counting Christ, family members, the saints, martyrs, etc.,I think at the top of my list would have to be C.S. Lewis...What a magnificent mind he had and his writings of fiction as well as his Christian Apologetics, serves as a constant inspiration to me in life and in art...Recently, as I put the movie, Shadowlands, on my Netflix queue, I began to ponder what it would be like to have tea with “Jack” and to truly know what he found pleasing and enjoyable in his life...Fortunately, his stepson Douglas Gresham has provided some insight into his famous step-father ......


“Some of Jack's favorite things; good tobacco, good beer, good tea, strong Darjeeling or Ceylon tea, good friendships good, conversation, good literature, good food, a good fast walk in the countryside, preferably, anything of beauty, anything finely crafted well constructed. I think that Jack enjoyed what was well done. Everything God does is well done. So he enjoyed all of nature, because God did it well. I don't think he had much time for shoddy things, for planned obsolescence, things of that nature. Jack enjoyed good quality anything, in a sense, those things that display the beauties of God's creation to the best of their advantage, whether they be the artisanship of man bringing those out, like finely crafted woodwork, furniture and so on, or whether they simply be a beautiful oak tree”....
Douglas Gresham

Reading about his simple pleasures, all of which many of us enjoy, makes me so glad that the world was given such a gift in the life of C.S. Lewis...Though quite pale in comparison to his achievements, knowing just what kind of tea Jack preferred truly thrills me.... I am not the least bit surprised that he was a Darjeeling man. A more fitting tea for his character, I can not imagine...




"Jack and his beloved Joy "

11 comments:

willow said...

I love C. S. Lewis and thoroughly enjoyed this post!! If you haven't read "Through the Shadowlands, the Story of his Life with Joy Davidman" by Brian Sibley, I think you would really enjoy it.

Your new header is FAB!!! Absolutely perfect for your tea society!!!

Dee Dee said...

Ah Rebecca...I've so enjoyed this post...I too would like to have tea with CS Lewis and talk with him....what an amaging man. I am reading The Four Loves now...I would love to watch Shadowlands once again as well..thank you for the reminder..have a great week :)

Dee Dee said...

Oh yes Rebecca...I love your new header...so pretty..

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Wouldn't you have just loved to attend a meeting of The Inklings?? Or to have tea at The Kilns? He's really a favorite person of mine for his creativity, his wit, and his honesty! Great post!

Rebecca said...

Oh, yes Pamela! Tea at The Kilns with The Inklings!...Tolkien is also on that list to invite to a celestial tea:0)....

Lewis is unmatched on so many levels....Many have tried but none have even come close...

Charm and Grace said...

Rebecca, I am quite surprised at finding, in reading only your last 3 blog entries, how much we have in common. I am so glad that you stopped by my blog and left your comment. Isn't it amazing how our posts are so synchronistic? I really enjoyed reading yours, and then I went back and read the previous two posts and found two more of my favorite things: Loreena McKennitt's music (and Ireland) and a reference to the wonderful House of Eliott. (And you even spelled it correctly.) I haven't come across too many people in the US who are even aware of that series. I know that I have found a truly kindred spirit here.

Blessings,
Christi

P.S. I am adding your blog to my blog links listing.

Rebecca said...

Willow and Dee Dee, I would love to read that..The Shadowlands I have on the queue is the older version with Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom ..I haven't seen this one and thought it would be interesting to compare this one to the version with Sir Anthony...

Thank you about the header...I had been meaning to change it for a while...

Betsy said...

I so enjoyed this post!...and great quote! ;) I've never read that book...need to do that!

Rebecca said...

Welcome Christi! I'm so glad you stopped by and thank you so much for adding me to your list...I'll certainly do the same! What kind comments...Yes, very kindred indeed!

I had an earlier blog on The House of Eliott on July 15th...Here's the link if you'd care to read that:

http://ladieshistorictea.blogspot.com/2008/07/care-to-join-me-for-cuppa-and-some-bbc.html#links

Stop by anytime for a cuppa....

Janeen said...

A beautiful post today, thank you for sharing!

Rebecca said...

Thank you, Janeen...Welcome to tea!