True enjoyment of poetry was ruined for me as a teen when my high school classmates and I were required to pick poems apart and find all the deep and supposedly hidden meanings that existed. I was always afraid my interpretations would be incorrect, and the poems we read were often depressing. When I learned about Poetry Teatime, I was so inspired to make poetry a positive and memorable experience for my own children.
We had our first Poetry Teatime this week. I pulled out all the poetry books I have, including old, falling-apart ones I'd found at used book sales in the past. The kids delighted in looking through the books to find something to read.
It was especially fun because my husband was home and also participated.
I brought out the seldom-used fine china tea cups and plates we received years ago for our wedding. It's great to have a reason to use the china weekly now. I think of Caroline Ingalls; saying "special dishes are for special people, not for special occasions."
Our entire family is looking forward to our weekly Poetry Teatimes now. Thank you for inspiring this lovely activity!