of the heart," is what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called the quiet rituals of everyday life; the personal ceremonies we keep to celebrate the passing of time, or the changing of seasons. They "lend poetry to our days and meaning to our lives." They pay homage to the goodness of "every dayness."
One of the "secret anniversaries" that I keep, a "little holiday...apart", is having tea in the afternoon. (when I can) With the arrival of each new month, I choose a different cup from my collection. These cups affectionately become known by the month they are used.