Forgive my tardiness, good ladies. I fear I am quite late to the Titanic Tea this week! Far too many social demands upon my time this weekend – requiring me dockside – has left me scurrying frantically up the gangplank to make it in time for the last of the scones.
I have a sinking feeling – there might not be even a renegade raisin left for me. Worse – no room at the tea table! To be sure, this may go down in history as the most disastrous tea post of my career!
But, laying aside the questionable puns . . . I truly did have good intentions of being on time. A weekend of fellowship activities at church and my preparations for a luncheon tea with my dear friend and kindred artist in all things good and beauty – Sandy from Magnolia Hill Studios! Do stop by and meet her, blogging HERE when she gets a chance between classes and events, due to all the marvelous artistic visual and dance projects in which she’s involved!
I do hope you’ll forgive my slap and dash after the moment!
I had planned and photographed my meager contribution to the Titanic theme this week, but my asparagus egg salad was very demanding in preparation for Sandy’s arrival at half past noon!
The Asparagus Egg Salad really hit the spot!
Anyway – Sandy and I had a delightful luncheon teatime til dinner time, and then we both had to move forward with husbands coming home from work and families to feed! No blogging time for me the remainder of Tuesday evening.
Soooo . . . here’s the little bit I came up with for commemorating the Titanic with tea:
This past Pink Saturday at Beverly’s place, Ruth at Antiques & Teacups posted a picture of the Titanic china that had been especially made for first class passengers and were re-issued for the centennial. I was amazed to see this green garland and gold design:
I had recently picked up something very similar at a yard sale!
Though decidedly different from the Titanic pattern – there are striking similarities – and the design is very Edwardian in nature. It came with it’s own china stand with gold trim, and had a stamp noting it was made in Russia.
I gathered together the handful of trinkets I knew I had on Titanic. As a backdrop, I’m displaying a book published by the Discovery Channel titled, Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, by Susan Wels. It chronicles in photograph and prose the whole story – from inception to building to maiden voyage to passengers and crew aboard to the fateful night and the after stories of survivors – to the discovery of the remains of the ship and subsequent retrieval of Titanic relics.
Here my teacup Titanic look-alike is in the foreground of a photo of a portion of the ship in its underwater tomb.
It is flanked by two Titanic Ladies – decorative pins I bought years ago at a craft show from a woman who was crafting them in a series she called “Women of the Titanic”.
I once had the original packaging for them noting the individual names of these two ladies who went down with the ship – but – alas! No more.
Their Edwardian style is complimented by a full figure resin piece of an Edwardian woman standing by a stone pillar and extravagant floral arrangement (mimicking the golden floral motif on the teacup) as might have been seen decorating one of the first class salons on board.
Consider how dramatically everyone’s life – no matter which class you came from – was changed forever in a matter of minutes!
True character and faith were tested. Stories of amazing acts of heroism and self sacrifice have kept subsequent generations fascinated by this moment in time:
Isador and Ida Straus came near lifeboat 8 as it was being loaded. Mr. Straus declared he would not get in until all women and children had been safely taken off the boat. Mrs. Straus then refused to leave her husband’s side, stating, “We have been living together for many years and where you go, I go.” After giving her fur coat to her maid, who descended in the boat, she and her husband sat down in steamer chairs and calmly watched as the lifeboats filled. *
Benjamin Guggenheim and his manservant, Victor Giglio, removed their life jackets and changed into elegant evening clothes before returning to the deck. He told a steward, “I think there is grave doubt that the men will get off. I am willing to remain and play the man’s game if there are not enough boats for more than the women and children’ I won’t die here like a beast. Tell my wife . . . I played the game out straight and to the end. No woman shall be left aboard this ship because Ben Guggenheim is a coward.” *
Major Butt and Frank Millet chose to retire to the first-class smoking room, where they sat at a table a played a final hand of cards before going their own way. *
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13 **
One hundred years later, we are still discussing the heroes and villains of this tragedy. How many teachable moments it presents us with for generations to come! Pride comes before a fall, but true love endures . . .
Note well the lessons learned here – with a bite of your scone. Meditate on the noblest of deeds done – over a cup of tea. And, may the band play on, in practice of same, through the choices we make each day. Thereby – we may change history forever.
* Excerpts from Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, by Susan Wels, published by The Discovery Channel
** The Bible