A Cup of Tea Does the Heart Good

September 2014 - Community
by Lori Hatcher

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September 2014 - Community

Betty Rabon understands the therapeutic power of a cup of tea—and that therapy has little to do with physical health.
Although the original tea party began as an “afternoon tea” by royal Britain’s Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, in the early 19th century, Betty’s love of a good cup of tea and the fellowship that accompanies it is more contemporary. Sitting at her parents’ table in the Eau Claire neighborhood of Columbia in the mid 1950’s, she’d watch her father, Ernest Lee, pour tea from his massive cup into a rimmed saucer and sip it as it cooled. The tea was good, she remembers, but the sweet times of conversation that accompanied the soothing beverage was paramount. “Daddy always concluded our tea time with a prayer,” Betty says.
Betty’s parents are gone now, but their tradition of sharing hot tea and warm fellowship lives on. Over the past 25 years, Betty has hosted dozens of afternoon teas, often in the most unlikely places. Unlike the Duchess of Bedford, whose guest list included prominent socialites and royal families, Betty’s guest list includes a segment of the population often overlooked by society—the elderly. Today she and a team of six women host regular tea parties for the residents of The Palmettos, both in their assisted-living facility on Parklane Road and in their Memory Care facility, as well as several other facilities in the Columbia area.

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