As off-topic as this is going to sound, I’m really enjoying my English class this year.  We’ve been working on several service projects for the holidays, and one of them was to send gifts to the military stationed overseas.  The boxes were red and white and shaped like stockings, and we stuffed them with gifts we thought the people over there would appreciate.  I believe there were about five boxes.

We filled the “stocking” packages with many different things, including three or four bags of tea.  I couldn’t find statistics on the percentage of people who drink tea on a regular basis, but I hope the people who receive our boxes do.  Of course, that’s not really necessary.  Those teabags might also encourage someone to try tea, even if they hadn’t liked it before.

Either way, these boxes will undoubtedly make people happy, regardless of the tea.  But the possibility of sending tea to non-tea drinkers gave me an idea – Teamail.

We all know about chain letters.  You send one to people you know, they send it to other people, and so on.  But could that happen with tea?  I think that if everyone sent some tea to a person who didn’t drink it, with directions to try it and then send it on to someone else, tea drinking in the United States might become more widespread.

Of course, there are some issues with my theory.  What if someone decided not to participate?  It would be pretty easy for someone to decide not to carry on the message of tea.  The success of a project like this would depend on whether or not the people who receive the tea want to participate.

But then again, maybe Teamail would work.  After all, if tea can be spread through the Internet, why couldn’t it be spread through the postal service?

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