Many people wonder, is Ms. McCroskey obsessed with tea? If you have ever seen Ms. McCroskey, you have probably noticed her walking around with that mug of hers and a smile on her face. Little did you know, that smile isn't because she loves her job, although she does, it is because of her tea-filled mug. She has her own reasons for drinking tea all the time, and she has shared with me why.
“Black tea with milk is especially meaningful to me, I think,” Ms. McCroskey stated. “When I lived in London, my kettle was on a constant cycle of being boiled and emptied into a mug, so I just got used to having hot tea next to me all the time. And those months were particularly significant to me in terms of self-discovery, so I've grown to connect the taste of black tea with milk to days of sitting at my desk in my 10th floor apartment and looking out the window at the rain and bustling traffic in London. Or to the quiet of sitting in a coffee shop on my own, reading and people watching. Or to the rushed thrill of stopping quickly for a cup in the busy Bloomsbury Square before taking it to class with me. The taste of black tea with milk reminds me of those really special times-- it's the taste of home and rain and exploring the streets of London on my own and coming into my warm apartment and getting out of the cold.”
After doing some research, it was found that tea is the second most consumed drink in the world after water. Statistics probably show that Ms. McCroskey drinks most of that tea. Why does she like tea that much?
“I like tea because it's a constant reminder of things that make me happy. For instance, black tea with milk sends me right back to when I lived in England or when I visit my mother-in-law in Weaverham and sit in her living room and talk about Pride and Prejudice,” Ms. McCroskey shared. “Moreover, drinking green tea reminds me of being in college at Indiana, where my friend, Rachel, and I would take "tea breaks" during study sessions and let off some steam by doing goofy dances in the kitchen while we refilled our mugs. And peppermint tea reminds me of being home in Nashville at Christmas-- drinking it while I play board games with my family, getting mad at my dad for adding sweetener to my mug so that he can share it too and have it the way he likes it, or drinking it with my sister while working through our annual holiday rom-com marathon. I guess that's what happens when you drink tea all the time-- you can't really help the way it links itself to all your favorite memories, and I suppose that's why I always have tea at my side.”
Does she really drink tea all the time in an obsessive manner? some people may ask.
“I drink tea incessantly every day, yes. I drink black tea with milk every morning, and I drink green tea during the day usually, (because I read somewhere that a cup of green tea a day improves almost every single system in your body). And night time is herbal tea time. So yes, tea is a constant in my life,” Ms. McCroskey added.
Not everyone believes Ms. McCroskey has a tea-drinking problem.
“I have never seen Ms. McCroskey without her cup,” senior Callie Weatherly stated.
“I feel like she does have a problem with drinking too much tea, but I think it's fine,” Lexi Oetterer, senior, commented.
“Nope, not at all. Tea is healthy so I think she's good,” replied senior Diana Ribera.
“I don't think she has a tea problem, but that might also be because my sister and I have tons of tea as well at our house!” junior Grace Allgaier disagreed.
Hesitantly, Mikayla Maloney, senior, said, “Eh.. maybe a little, but I don't blame her.”
Alex Trentmann sarcastically responded with, “Nope. Not one bit.”
Ms. McCroskey might have a slight tea-drinking problem, and you might notice that the next time you see her. So keep your mugs close and your tea closer.