always darjeeling

It’s not that good a trick, really.

There are ooohs and aaahhs when I show someone who hasn’t seen it before, but only the first time.

After the second time they complain that I can’t do it with anything else.

Like it’s not that impressive to draw something in chalk and have it become real once the drawing is complete since I can only do it with teacups.

Even though the teacups materialize with actual tea inside.

But the tea will only be hot if I draw the steam, and I have to draw lots of it in order to obtain proper tea-drinking temperature.

I usually don’t drink it, anyway.

It’s never sweetened, even if I draw sugar cubes.

And it’s always Darjeeling.

No matter how much I wish for Earl Grey.


About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.

Categories: flax-golden


Shannon · April 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Wow, this story actually made me smile from ear to ear! Darjeeling is my favourite anyways 🙂

brianne · April 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

mm, yes please. a cup would be nice today.

Veronica · April 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm

And now I think I’m going to have to make tea, even though it’s late and I have to wake up early. Earl Grey with some ginger cookies from Trader Joe’s…

Brittney · April 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love it… like always.

Live, Love, Laugh, Write! by Ruthie · April 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Cute 🙂

Victoria · April 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

As if Simon is all grown up and his land of chalk drawings is a bitter sweet memory.

Lisa Ahn · April 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

I love this — so much story in so few words. Makes me smile.

Marcheline · April 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

Seriously, though. It does seem like the things we’re best at do us the least service. Unless you count writing fantastic novels about magical circuses, of course. 😎

Amanda · April 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Love this 🙂

XKCD and Cancer and Travel and Writing | · April 27, 2012 at 3:43 am

[…] Lastly – I’ve been reading a book called The Night Circus. It’s a fantastic gem of a book written in vignettes – perfect for reading in small bites or one long, indulgent stretch. Erin Morgenstern has a brilliant website where she shares her thoughts on writing (both the act and the profession) and occasionally shares short stories inspired by photographs. My favourite so far is Always Darjeeling. […]

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