April 17. (Cue the screeching violins)
Now if that doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve either got no taxes to pay or you’ve got less than ten days to mail your taxes to the IRS. Mailing your federal income tax can be incredibly stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Brew up a cup of your favorite tea, drop a sugar cube or two, and take a deep breath. Those taxes will get done! And once you’ve sealed the envelope and dropped it into your mailbox, never to be seen ever, ever again (well…until next year), simmer down with a refreshing glass of iced tea.
Speaking of tea and taxes, this brings to mind a famous (or notorious) historical American event…the Boston Tea Party. To refresh your memory (I mean, it’s been so long since you’ve picked up a history textbook, right?), the Boston Tea Party was a direct protest against the British government and the East India Company. On the night of December 16, 1773, after Boston officials refused to return the taxed tea to Britain, a group of 30 to 130 men, disguised as Mohawk Indians, destroyed three shiploads of tea by throwing the tea into the harbor. This sensational event was an act of resistance against the 1773 Tea Act and added to increasing tensions between the American colonists and the British government, eventually escalating to the 1775 “shot heard ‘round the world”—the start of the American Revolution.
If we were in the shoes of the American colonists at the time, we’d be a little perturbed, too! Desperate times must’ve called for desperate measures because who in their right mind would dump that much tea?! (Sorry, we just really love tea…).
All in all, get through those tax forms, revolt, or just keep calm and carry on with a delicious cup of tea.