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My First Cup of Tea

by superfreda

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08 June 2004

I tasted my first cup of tea at the age of 12 out of a cracked white and blue enamel mug passed to me through the cracks of our Anderson Shelter. The house in the next road had fallen onto our shelter because a bomb had landed on it. My mother and I had been trapped there for nearly a day. When my father got home from work he told the ARP warden that we were still in there- nobody had looked for us.While they were pulling the rubble away they handed each of us a mug of tea- my first ever which comforted us because it took a very long time before we got out.
Another time during the war I missed the Newcross Woolworths rocket attack by just a few minutes because my mother had lost her purse. I was to go to Woolworths to buy baby ribbon if possible. When I reached the bottom of Clifton Hill there was an almighty crash which was the rocket exploding. The ARP warden gave me a clip around the ear and told me to go home, but instead I went to the High Street and when I eventually got home I got another wallop from my father for not going straight home.

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Posted on: 08 June 2004 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Dear superfreda

An interesting story, but I cannot understand why you had never tasted tea before the age of twelve. Tea was the most common drink in Britain for the very poor and rich alike. Coffee was the much rarer drink then.



Message 1 - My first cup of tea

Posted on: 25 May 2005 by St Alban's Catholic High School, Ipswich

Dear Superfreda,

I like this story quite a lot and tea is very tasty.But more to the point life then must of been quite nasty. By the sounds of things, your father wasn't the nicest person but alll you had to do was to have a cup of tea as a relief.

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