(This entry describes my morning. Written in the style of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff.)
If you give a Druid a cup of tea, she’ll feel very content, almost meditative. She’ll be moved to give some as an offering to her Ancestors.
So, your Druid will go to the household Ancestor shrine and realize that she should really clean it since the evergreens she placed on it for the Winter Solstice are all dried out. What’s more, New Years is coming, and a clean house brings good luck for the rest of the year!
As she starts to clean the shrine, she decides that she should save the evergreen needles for “something” later on. So she finds a clean jar to store them in.
Your Druid is smart, and she knows that she needs to label and date her jar. She goes to the drawer that contains the writing implements and chooses a blue marker to write “Blue Spruce – Winter Solstice – 2014” on the lid.
While putting the marker away, she notices a small, green marker stain on the drawer. “Oh no!” she says, thinking what her landlady would say. So she wets a rag and begins to scrub.
Thankfully, the stain fades, but your Druid notices dried food and other strange stains on the cupboard doors. So she continues to clean and clean and clean. After all, New Years is coming, and a clean house brings good luck for the rest of the year!
Eventually, she gets really tired. She decides to finish later. At that moment, she realizes that she needs to drink her tea! She gets her cup but realizes that it’s no longer warm. It doesn’t seem hospitable to share lukewarm tea with Ancestors on a winter day.
So you put the kettle on to make more tea. And you know what that means?
It means your Druid will want to give some as an offering to the Ancestors but will need to continue cleaning the shrine!