I have never been in a tea room in my life and I am not much of a tea drinker, but I looked forward to the experience.
It was a very feminine adventure. All of the customers and all of the staff were female and the room was beautifully appointed in a most feminine manner. You can get a glimpse of the room in the accompanying photo as well as in the photos on the tea room's website.
It was also very relaxing; we spent two hours doing our afternoon tea. Each of us had an individual large pot of tea (I had "Cheeky Peach"), and we had munchies to eat including delicious scones, delicate tea sandwiches, and yummy mini-desserts.
I arrived on an empty stomach and when I looked at the spread of food, I had my doubts that my appetite would be sated, but it was.
I had a very enjoyable time and I would love to do it again.
Wednesday was another day of affirmation of my womanhood.
When I parked my car at the mall at the start of the day, I had that usual moment of hesitation. But after a minute or two, I gathered myself emotionally, swung open the car door, exited the car, and walked to the mall entrance. Listening to my high heels clicking on the pavement affirmed what I was doing and there was no stopping me.
Everyone treated me respectfully. I'll never know if they read me or not, but no one indicated that they did and no one disrespected me.
I smiled at other women passing by in the mall and always returned the smile and sometimes they initiated the exchange of smiles.
I noticed one woman checking out my bootines and another spent an inordinate amount of time checking me out while she browsed the racks near me at Macy's. When I caught her eye, I smiled and that seemed to disarm her --- she smiled back and stopped checking me out.
It was wonderful and I am already planning my next time out en femme.