Meet Poziomka / Poznajcie Poziomkę

Meet Poziomka The Little Red Teapot.

Photo by Monika Holmes

It comes from the Czech Republic, although its exact origin is unknown. I would imagine it was created somewhere in Japan, judging by its style, but who knows?

***

I saw Poziomka for the first time in my favourite Teahouse in Cesky Tesin. It sat on a shelf, among all the other teapots, looking cute and enchanting.


“What a beautiful teapot,” I said to my Mum, my eyes shining with amazement. “I love it! I love it! I love it!” I chanted, in between sips of tea. I couldn’t stop staring at it.


My Mum smiled warmly and listened patiently to my blabbering about how important to me it was to have a cup of tea with people I love in the most magical Teahouse that has ever existed. “Mum,” I said, “I miss it so horribly, out there, in England.”

My Mum nodded and hugged me.


When I was a little girl, my Mum would pick up wild strawberries for me. I think she loved seeing the joyous grin on my face when she gave them to me. I think she felt the same way when she bought the Little Red Teapot for me and saw how happy it made me.

Since then, Poziomka, wherever I take it, brings that warm memory of home, of my parents, of the Teahouse, of my friends, of good times, of love. Since then, Poziomka, wherever I take it, helps me enjoy here and now, relax, connect with my husband, make new friends here, feel love.

Interestingly, there is a term in the Swedish language that names all those feelings, this concept of a perfect place where we feel good: Smultronställe, which means a place where the wild strawberries grow.

Smultronställe, which means a place where the wild strawberries grow.

Poziomka is certainly the perfect name for this perfect little teapot.

***

Wersja polska na następnej stronie.