C.S.I's #3 Challenge pictured a pretty decorate tea saucer as the clue to solve the case. The saucer reminded me of Grandma Dolly's teapot that she used to serve tea to us when we were children. With great enthusiasm and inspiration, I set off to solve this case and created this layout. The tea pot in the middle of the teapot chipboard is her teapot. Imagine a refined English grandmother trying to tame her five rumbustious American grandchildren with the ritual of tea.
During our visits with our Grandma Dolly, she would set the table in English fashion for her five American grandchildren at tea time. We weren’t particularly interested in tea and it wasn’t served to us at home, but she made it such a special event that we would actually look forward to it during our visits. Interestingly, those children sitting for tea at Grandma Dolly’s house were not the same children who ate every meal together at home. The ritual of tea made us sit up straight, speak civil to each other, and actually enjoy each others company. We were so civil to one another that I don’t think our own parents would have recognized us. It was at Grandma’s house where we learned to drink tea with cream which we found quite tasty. The menu primarily consisted of tea with cream, small sandwiches which consisted of white bread, sweet butter and corned beef, toast and jam, and biscuits. During one occasion, she asked if any of us would like a biscuit. Four of us promptly declined the offer, and the other, the most adventurous of the five said, “yes’. We sat sipping our tea and chatting until Grandma Dolly appeared with a pretty decorated dessert plate and placed it in front of the brother who wanted the “biscuit”. When the four of us saw those two tantalizing cookies sitting on top of the plate, we all looked up at her incredulously as if she had deceived us. We told her we wanted a cookie too. She reminded us that we all declined her offer of a biscuit. We replied, “Yes, but we didn’t decline an offer of a cookie”. After that occasion, when she said something that didn’t quite sit well with us, we’d interrogate her further until we understood her English.