Tea attacks, Lovebombs and Pillow Fights*

Pillow fight, San Francisco, photo by my friend Sasha Wizansky, Canon Rebel Xti

A few more creative ideas to add to your lexicon:

1. Tea Attack: This was invented by a couple of my friends in San Francisco. How it works: Arrive at the home of the unsuspecting recipient of tea attack, with a beautiful teapot, cookies, bread and cheese, a variety of teas, cloth napkins, and a lot of joy. Insist that they stop what they are doing and initiate a spontaneous tea party in their home. This works well for birthdays, layoffs or no occasion at all. I have yet to be tea attacked but consider me a willing victim.

2. Lovebombs: This was the brainchild of a very dear circle of friends of mine who lives all over the country. When someone is feeling down, has a birthday or just needs to be celebrated because of their awesomeness we send out a call to lovebomb them. This includes emails, calls, handwritten notes, gifts, etc. It is a very sweet way to shower them with love when we are all far away.

3. Pillow Fight: Then there is the San Francisco pillow fight. For the last couple of years on Valentine’s Day, a group of hundreds of folks (some are disgruntled about love, some are in love with love) bring pillows to Justin Herman Plaza at twilight and laugh and hit each over the head with pillows. I know it sounds a little intense, but I suspect there is a lot of joy here, and I love the catharsis of it. This year will be my very first pillow fight and I look forward to photographing it. The spirit of it reminds me of New Year’s eve in Oaxaca, Mexico where spent the entire night hurling eggs filled with shaving cream and flour at people we didn’t know. It was good clean fun.

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  1. Kirsten Michelle

    love. love. love.

  2. Puanani

    I am so equipped to stage a tea attack. I need an unsuspecting victim, I mean recipient…

  3. AndreaD

    I love that you do these amazing things! It is SO inspiring!!!! I’m the love bomb master among my friends. They are always suprised by it – every single time. It is SO farking cool that you are going to the massive pillow fight in San Fran!!!

  4. Trish

    Love, love, love the tea attack and the LOVEBOMB…I plan on lovebombing someone this week…
    Lovebomb back to you Miss A,

  5. Mariella

    Love it, love it, love it!! 🙂 Makes me think of another great one….”Guerilla Goodness”. xoxo, ~ M.

  6. Meg

    We’re planning to be at the Pillow fight too! Perhaps I should bring a teapot and Tea Attack you. With a pillow.

  7. Marianne

    Oh yeah – I am so up for carrying out some tea attacks. Look out Paekakariki (I will eventually end up back in the Bay Area, of course, so you may need to stay on your guard as well. x

  8. mamie

    loading up the car and kids for a tea attack on you. will be there in 6 hours or so. now, what is your address?
    seriously, i cannot wait to do the tea attack thing. and i already know who is gonna get it first. other than you, of course. 🙂

  9. megan p

    What wonderful ideas. The pillow fight sounds amazing. Looking forward to the photos.

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    What wonderful ideas. The pillow fight sounds amazing. Looking forward to the photos.

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    What wonderful ideas. The pillow fight sounds amazing. Looking forward to the photos.

  12. muck

    i just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for your true words. your blog is one of my safe havens, a place where i go to for a good ol’ comfort fix.
    so sweet to see ben growing up! wow!

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