I updated the definition of amteasia to add the third part after some comments reminded me of another part of the affliction. It should have been painfully obvious.
amteasia – n. – 1) the act of brewing a pot or cup of tea and forgetting about it until it is at room temperature and strong enough to strip paint. 2) drinking your cup of tea, forgetting you’ve done so, then looking at the bottom of your cup forlorningly. 3) Forgetting where you placed your cup of tea.
Of course, amteasia is a by-product of preoccupation, a mind adrift. You are working on a last minute report at work. You have a million and one projects at home to get done before the children return from school. You made that valiant attempt to carve out a small chunk of time to get a little pick-me-up with a digestive on the side, and it all went pear-shaped. For some of us, it was a lost opportunity in a cup or a pot. For others, the beverage was drunk, but the moment passed us by. You are momentarily gutted.
Tea is a drink that is meant to be sipped and savored. It can be enjoyed in solitude or with conversation depending on your mood or inclination. Japan has devoted a whole ceremony to tea, and the U.K. does the same as far as proper tea preparation. Drinking tea really becomes more than just ingesting a beverage. That pang when amteasia hits is that knowledge is that you missed the whole experience in whatever form it means to you.
So this is a PSA to remind the tea drinkers to slow down and savor your tea today. You are worth every precious drop.