The Thermos of Tea



Mrs. Mouse awoke from her nap in the woodland meadow and sat up, blinking.


The tea in the thermos she’d brought was still hot, so she poured herself a cup.


As she sipped — feeling deliciously cozy in the sun — she noticed that her neighbor — Mama Chipmunk’s cousin — had also come outside and that she, too, had fallen asleep among the wildflowers.


After finishing her tea, Mrs. Mouse went quietly home, fetched a fresh teacup and then left it, along with the rest of the still-hot tea, for her chipmunk friend to find when she awoke from her own springtime nap.


(Mid-March 2024)


Story © Jennifer Singleton / Read+Purr
This is another vignette in my ongoing series of Tiny Garden Stories: peaceful 1-minute tales that let you read like a kid again. Click one of the first two buttons below to go to (or back to, if that’s where you fell down the rabbit hole) either the “Public Garden” archive page or (if you’re a Story Club member) to the members-only “Private Garden” page. Or click the third button to learn more about my Tiny Garden Stories. If you’re new to Tiny Garden Story-land and would like 10 days’ worth of stories from our first year, visit


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