One of the cooler things I got to do in Disney World was try some authentically brewed bush tea. Red bush tea is something that I have been reading about. In his No. 1 Lady's Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith brings his characters alive by painting beautifully simply pictures of his characters. Simple people living honest lives in Botswana. Truth seekers trying to find answers to life's basic questions. Its a tall order that always goes down a little easier with tradition. The tradition of tea. As a fan of tea I was excited when we went to dinner at Jiko. A restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Its a restaurant that brings together some of the traditional flavors from different parts of Africa. Bush tea was on their menu. I have be honest here. I was a little let down. Bush tea, tasted like ... well, tea. It was strong tea, there is no doubt about that, but it was tea just the same.
McCall Smith's books are a lot like that. Full stories that demand a belief that good is always worth striving for, but they are also simple. His characters are deep and exacting, but they are also just people. Just people trying to do what is right for everyone. That is one of the hardest and yet simplest things anyone could strive for.