At church fellowship gatherings like the wedding shower Friday night, people are usually asked to bring specific food items. Last Friday, I was asked to bring un-sweet tea. You may think people in OK only drink sweet tea, but there are a few of us who drink our tea without the sweet. Yet, Okies do seem a bit particular about their tea. During the evening, I was standing in line at the refreshment table waiting to get a refill on tea and chatting with friends. I mentioned that I only wanted a refill on tea. One of the ladies in line said, "Well, I had some tea a while ago, it was awful." "Yeah," said another lady, "I had some it was really bad." Another said, "Yeah, someone brought some tea that just tastes weird."
Me: matter-of-factly, "I think I brought that tea."
Others: " No! Not you, Lou. You did'nt bring it. It was really bad."
Me: "Yeah, I think it was probably my tea."
Others: "This tea was kind of orange!"
Me: "I put Constant Comment in my tea along with regular tea bags to add to the flavor."
Others: "What is Constant Comment?"
Me: "It is just a tea – like Earl Grey."
Others: "It wasn’t your tea."
Me: "Wanna bet?"
We got up to the table and I poured myself some tea from the pitcher I brought. One of the ladies leaned over and smelled it. She wrinkled her nose and said, "Yep that’s it."
It was funny that I caught these ladies were badmouthing someone’s tea (and therefore badmouthing the person who brought it), and that it was me/my tea they were badmouthing. Maybe I should have gone along with them and pretended not to know whose tea it was. But they were just so insistent that it was not my tea. By my confessing that it was my tea, it shown the light on their behavior – made them feel a bit guilty - getting caught does that. I don't really think their behavior was bad. It was actually very funny. I was just messing with them. I did realize that I should not have messed with the tea. Okies are particular that way.